Officials reportedly told E! News that Michael Cavallari most likely died from prolonged exposure to the elements, considering his "body was found three miles from where his car was wrecked in the high desert of Grand County, Utah." It was very cold the week he went missing, with temps in the teens at night and 30s during the day.
Officials believe that Micheal eventually died dealing with those elements, telling the site, "There were no signs of major trauma and no suicide note. Cops did not find any evidence of drugs or alcohol either."
Grand County Sheriff Steven White told CBS News it was difficult to find Michael in the "steep, boulder-specked area" where he was found and that as many as 30 deputies armed with dogs and drones combed the area looking for him. "In the area he was in it was very rough," the sheriff said. "It made the search very challenging."
The search had been on for Michael since he had gone missing two weeks ago. He was spotted on security cameras stopping for gas in Monticello, Utah Nov. 27 and later plunged into an embankment when he veered off the road about 90 miles away. Police believe he got out of the car and wandered into the desert.
Michael was found wearing the same clothes he had on when he stopped at the gas station. For now though, the possibility that Michael died from exposure to the elements is just a theory. The official cause of his death won't be determined until toxicology reports are released in the next 6-8 weeks.
After news surfaced Thursday that Michael had been found dead, Kristin released a statement to E! News, saying, "We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time. We have just been informed by the authorities my brother's body has been found. This is a very painful time and we are still processing it all. We kindly ask everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grieving."