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Exposure blamed in death of Evansville woman

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staff, Gazette
February 20, 2013

— An autopsy indicates an Evansville woman attending UW-La Crosse and found dead in a ditch Sunday evening had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent.

La Crosse County Medical Examiner John Steers said the autopsy, done Tuesday in Madison, found 23-year-old Neala Frye died of hypothermia.

An Onalaska police officer found Frye's body Sunday night.

Frye was a 2007 Evansville High School graduate.

Frye was last seen at a local pub Saturday night, where she and another woman were working a promotional event for a tanning and massage studio. When Frye failed to show up for work Sunday morning, friends and family began to search for her.

Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic said police don't suspect foul play but called in the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation for help.

The La Crosse Tribune reported final toxicology reports could take weeks.



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