Photo credit: Brown County Police Department
17-year-old Daniela Velazquez was reported missing by her mother, near the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Sunday, January 29.
Authorities managed to find her car that afternoon, but Velazquez was not with it. Her keys and wallet were found inside of the car, and her phone and shoes were found outside. Valazquez was identified earlier that day as wearing pajama pants and a sweatshirt; both of which would provide little defense against the Wisconsin winter. Police arranged a search party which lasted two days— with a police dog finding a piece of cloth that matched the clothes Velazquez was reported to be wearing.
Her body was found a quarter-mile from the vehicle. Police do not suspect foul play in this incident.
Brown County Police Captain, David Poteat, said that the frigid weather conditions made it difficult to find Velazquez, and unlikely that she would be found safe.
“She was definitely not dressed for the weather and, you know, being outside in conditions for any extended period of time is going to result in fatality in a short period of time.”
Potent also stated that she held her “hands close to her, like someone would be if they’re trying to stay warm.”
The wind chill that evening hit -4 degrees. Velazquez had recently moved from Florida to Wisconsin.
Our sympathies go out to the Velazquez family, at this trying time.