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Runner whose frozen feet were amputated told police he was unhappy when he ran into the woods
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ' An All-American cross-country runner from the University of Alaska Anchorage who emerged from the woods with frozen feet, which later had to be amputated, told authorities he had gone for a run in the cold because he was despondent.
Marko Cheseto (chah-SET'-oh), of Kenya, disappeared from the university Nov. 6 and was found three days later suffering from hypothermia and severe frostbite to his feet.
A university police report obtained by The Associated Press says Cheseto told police he was "feeling unhappy" and "having to struggle to get through life" when he went for a run and passed out under a tree. He said when he awoke, his feet were frozen.
Cheseto made his way to a hotel, where he got help.
Details from the report first appeared in The Northern Lights campus newspaper.
Cheseto was expected to compete in spring track. He took last season off following the suicide of teammate and fellow Kenyan William Ritekwiang.