Michael Cavallari May Have Died Due To Exposure To The Elements, Police Say
Michael Cavallari, brother of reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, appears to have died from exposure to the elements. Michael Cavallari, 30, went missing on Nov. 27, when police discovered his abandoned 2014 Honda Civic still running with airbags deployed about 100 feet off Floy Wash Road, five miles south of I-70 in Grand County, Utah. Yesterday, Kristin Cavallari confirmed via a statement to PEOPLE that authorities had located her older brother's body.
Now, law enforcement sources told TMZ reports that Cavallari's body was found 3 miles from where his car was found, and that there were no signs of trauma. There was also no evidence of alcohol or drug use, or that his death had been a suicide. Police believe the cause of death may have been exposure, as temperatures in this particular area are in the 30s during the day and can drop into the teens at night. A press release from the Grand County Sheriff's Department described the area where his body was found as "steep and very rocky."
In Cavallari's car, police found a cell phone and laptop had been left behind. Service in the area is poor, so it's possible Cavallari left the cell phone behind because it wasn't working. Police still don't know what caused the crash.
An official cause of death will be determined after toxicology tests come back. Those should be released within the next 6 to 8 weeks, according to E! Online.
Kristin Cavallari, 28, has appeared in reality shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills. A source told PEOPLE that the two siblings had always been close.