Northern Wis. Man Found Dead from Exposure

UPDATED Thursday, January 15, 2009 --- 10:15 a.m.

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- Friends and family of a 51-year-old electrician who froze to death in northern Wisconsin while sleepwalking in his bare feet say he suffered from insomnia and took the sleep aid Ambien.

A friend says Timothy Brueggeman once drove his pickup truck into a tree without waking up.

Brueggeman was found about 190 yards from his rural Hayward home late Tuesday morning -- hours after the temperature plunged to 16 below zero.

Brueggeman's mother, Geraldine Brueggeman of Bloomington, Minn., says her son had been plagued by insomnia for years and she advised him to quit taking Ambien after the truck incident last summer.

Ambien is the most-prescribed sleep aid in the United States and has been linked to hundreds of cases of sleepwalking, sleep-driving and even sleep-shoplifting. Sanofi-Aventis, which makes the drug, maintains it is safe when taken correctly.

Information from:
Star Tribune, Minneapolis,

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 14, 2009 --- 12:05 p.m.
Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 --- 3:50 p.m.

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- Severe cold blamed for a death in northern Wisconsin is only expected to get worse -- producing wind chills of 40 to 50 below in the far north, before a warmup starts this weekend.

A 51-year-old man died of exposure after he was found outside yesterday morning.

Timothy Brueggeman was known to sleepwalk and was found about 190 yards from his house near Hayward. Deputies followed the tracks of his bare feet after his son reported him missing.

Sawyer County sheriff's chief deputy Tim Zeigle says Brueggeman was on prescription sleeping pills and had been in bed before he walked outside.

The temperature in Hayward plunged to 16 below zero yesterday morning.

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