Partygoer Leaves in Shorts, Quickly Freezes to Death

The wind chill had dropped to -27.5 degrees Fahrenheit
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2016 7:12 AM CST
Elizabeth Luebke died around the corner from the house party she'd left in Milwaukee.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – When 21-year-old Elizabeth Luebke traveled an hour and a half south from her home in Oshkosh, Wis., to Milwaukee for a concert, she wound up at an after-party wearing a tank top, shorts, and fishnet stockings—and at around 4:30am left angrily after arguing with a friend, reports FOX6 News. It was minus 5.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind chill was a frigid minus 27.5 degrees. Security video footage from a nearby business shows her suddenly collapsing in front of a house and eventually stopping moving altogether, reports BuzzFeed. Her body was found by a passerby at 9am, just around the corner from the party.

Luebke, who also went by the name Lana Kane, had frozen to death, but alcohol appears to have been a factor. A friend of Luebke's says she arrived at the party "really, really drunk," while her mother says her daughter had a history of binge drinking and had been hospitalized in October with a blood-alcohol level five times the legal driving limit, reports the New York Daily News. Luebke wrote on her Facebook page in December that she'd quit drinking, and some of her friends said she'd been sober for the past several weeks. Tributes online mention her as "one of the last people to deserve this," while police advise against ever walking alone in subzero temps. (This woman froze to death in Georgia trying to help her just-out-of-reach husband.)

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