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Cold weather blamed for winter death of man found in La Crosse backyard



Police cars are pictured in a snowy alley last February, near the site where Juan Mejia was found dead

The mystery of a body found in the Jackson Street area of La Crosse this winter apparently has been solved.

Police believe Juan Gonzalez Mejia died of exposure to the cold in late January or early February.

The 24-year-old Mejia was found dead in the backyard of a Johnson Street home on Feb. 7, a few days after a long stretch of sub-zero weather in La Crosse.

He had just been drinking the last time he was seen walking in the neighborhood on Jan. 24.

Investigators had found no signs of foul play in the man’s death.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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