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Published January 07, 2014, 11:27 AM

Hayward native found dead in frigid temperatures

A Hayward native home for the holidays died Wednesday after being out in the elements after apparently mistaking a neighbor’s house for his family home.

HAYWARD, WI -- A Hayward native home for the holidays died Wednesday after being out in the elements after apparently mistaking a neighbor’s house for his family home.

At about 7:40 p.m. Jan. 1, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident on Margaret Lane in the Town of Hayward who said his door had been kicked in. The resident’s wife then called the Sheriff’s Office again stating there was someone in their yard. Sawyer County deputies and Hayward police officers responded.

A man, later identified as Matthew Raimer, 25, of Camp Pendleton, Calif., was found lying on the sidewalk in front of the residence. He was deceased and appeared to have been in the elements for a lengthy period of time, according to Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke, in a release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department.

Raimer had been dropped off in the vicinity of his family’s residence by a “sober bus” from River’s Edge Saloon and did not make it to the residence on Hamblin Street. It is believed he thought he was at his family’s residence and was trying to get in the door and instead was at an unoccupied residence, according to the release.

No foul play is suspected, but the investigation is still ongoing.

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