Authorities: deceased D-B student-athlete was at party

The Dawson-Boyd High School student-athlete who died Sunday had fled a party busted for underage drinking, the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Anyasike, 18, of Dawson, was reported missing about 12 hours after law enforcement officers arrived at a party at a rural residence northeast of Madison, Minn., a release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident is under investigation by the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible party where underage drinking was going on at about 12:28 a.m. Sunday, the release said. Officers found about 20 vehicles parked at a farm site, and some individuals ran from the scene when law enforcement arrived. Around noon the same day, Anyasike was reported missing. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed Anyasike was one of the people who ran from the farm site, the release said.

A search was conducted of the surrounding area and farms, the Sheriff’s Office said. Anyasike was found during the search and taken to the Madison hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office has not released any additional information on the circumstances that led to Anyasike’s death, and the cause of his death hasn’t been disclosed.

Anyasike was a senior running back for the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks football team, and coach Cory Larson told the Independent on Sunday evening the senior “always had a smile on his face a huge smile,” he said. “It didn’t matter how things were going for him. He was always going to have a smile on his face. He was certainly loved by his classmates, respected by his peers and had a very great sense of humor.”

Friends of Anyasike began sharing memories of him on social media Sunday.