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Autopsy results in: Hypothermia ruled cause of Chetek woman's death

UPDATE: Autopsy results are back on the Christmas Day death of Laurie Lindig.  

The results show that the manner of death was an accident. The cause of death was hypothermia due to the cold environmental exposure and other significant conditions found were methamphetamine abuse with acute intoxication and clinical history of depression and anxiety.

This report was completed by the Midwest Medical Examiners Office in Ramsey, Minn.  

At this time this case is closed and cause of death is Hypothermia.


Rural Chetek (WQOW) - A little-known symptom of hypothermia could be behind the death of an area woman.

Laurie Lindig died last month. Her body was found in a wooded area outside of Chetek on Christmas Day. She was 2.5 miles from home.  

But now the Barron County sheriff says investigators have learned it was not unusual for Lindig to go for long, 2 mile walks. He says all indications are that she died of hypothermia. 

In fact, he says Lindig had taken off her coat and her shoes which were found neatly arranged nearby. One of the effects of hypothermia is that a person becomes very hot and confused and actually takes off their clothing.

The medical examiner is still waiting on toxicology test results which are expected within two weeks.   

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