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Autopsy: Chetek woman found in field likely died of hypothermia

CHETEK, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Barron County Sheriff's Department identifies the woman found in a wooded area Christmas day as well as the likely cause of her death.

Preliminary autopsy reports show no trauma to Laurie J. Lindig and that hypothermia is the cause of death.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why Lindig, 43, was out on the road and in the wooded area where her body was found. 

Searchers found her body just west of Chetek after her purse was found by a resident.

A department release states that the full autopsy and toxicology results should take about three weeks.

Investigators are trying to track down anyone who may have seen Lindig walking along a county highway between Sunday and Tuesday. 


CHETEK, Wisconsin (WXOW) - An investigation is underway as to the circumstances surrounding a missing Chetek woman whose body was found Christmas day.

The evening before, Chetek Police took a report that the woman failed to show up for her family's Christmas. 

She was listed as a missing person based on a search of her apartment and interviews with family and friends.

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Christmas, a person brought a in purse belonging to the woman.  When officers searched the area where the purse was found, they discovered the woman's body in a wooded area.

According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, investigators continue to look into how the woman ended up where she did.

The Barron County Medical Examiner is working on what caused the woman's death. 

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