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Hypothermia victim recovering in KCK hospital

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A rural Kansas man is recovering in a Kansas City hospital from exposure to the cold weather.

A homeowner found 26-year-old Colter Steffens, of Pittsburg, lying on the ground when he returned home from work Monday morning.

Crawford County sheriff's deputies responded shortly before 7 a.m. to the home in the 2400 block of West Fourth Street in rural Pittsburg.

When deputies arrived, the homeowner had covered Steffens up in an attempt to warm him from apparent exposure to snow, ice and the extremely cold temperatures.

"I was shocked. I thought I was seeing things. I got out, and there was a human being there, shaking and frozen solid. I walked back to my wife and called 911," the homeowner said.

The man who found Steffens said he "looked like an ice cube."

Deputies say they found foot tracks in the snow and a broken down car nearby. So the victim may have been trying to get to the home for help.

Deputies were able to move Steffens indoors where they continued the warming methods.

It is unknown how long Steffens had been exposed to the elements prior to being found.

Steffens was transported to Via Christi Medical Center in serious condition and later flown by helicopter to University of Kansas Hospital.

Deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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