By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Charges have been filed against a number of people – including a father and son – in connection to the death of a Dawson teenager who fled an underage drinking party and died of hypothermia, the Lac qui Parle County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

The incident happened on March 9 after the Lac Qui Parle Sheriff’s Office was called to the 2700 block of 280th Street at about 12:30 a.m. in rural Madison, Minn., on an underage party with alcohol. About 20 vehicles were parked on a farm site and when authorities arrived, 18-year-old Michael Anyasike was one of many to flee the scene.

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He went missing and was found 12 hours later about a mile from where the party took place. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. He played football for Dawson-Boyd and was planning on attending St. John’s University.

WCCO’s Angela Davis spoke to Anyasike’s mother the day after his body was found.

“He was a happy person all the time. He had a smile on his face and he loved his friends and he loved football,” she said.

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Now, Lac qui Parle County Attorney Richard Stulz says 19-year-old Erik Hastad turned himself in and was charged with a gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Both he and his father, 59-year-old Gary Hastad, were charged with violating the social host ordinance.

Authorities are alleging that Hastad, who has prior minor consumption convictions, held the party and his father — who wasn’t present during the party — “should have known what was going on.”

The others charged include: 20-year-old Derek Rodeberg of Montevideo, 20-year-old Zachary Flickinger of Madison, Minn., 19-year-old Kaitlin Rae Johnshoy of Dawson, 19-year-old Matthew Stratmoen of Dawson, 18-year-old Ethan Young of Floodwood and 19-year-old Austin Olson of Appleton. They were all charged with fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle and underage consumption. Their BAC levels ranged from 0.18 to 0.177.

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Hastad was expected to appear in court and be released on recognizance subject to standard conditions late Monday morning. The others are scheduled to appear on April 7.

Esme Murphy