NEW INFORMATION: Autopsy results back on death of Chetek woman

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(WEAU)-Autopsy results are back on the Christmas Day death of Laurie Lindig.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department says her manner of death was an accident. The cause of death was hypothermia due to the cold environmental exposure. The department says other significant conditions found were methamphetamine abuse with acute intoxication and clinical history of depression and anxiety.

The report was completed by the Midwest Medical Examiners Office in Ramsey MN.

The department says at this time, the case is closed and cause of death is hypothermia.

The body of Laurie J. Lindig, 43, of Chetek, was found near 866 22nd Street, just west of Chetek.

STORY FROM 12/27/12
CHETEK, Wisc. - (WEAU) - The woman whose body was found in the woods near Chetek on Christmas Day was identified Thursday.

The body of Laurie J. Lindig, 43, of Chetek, was found near 866 22nd Street, just west of Chetek.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said her body showed no signs of trauma and her cause of death was likely hypothermia.

Monica Brandstadter said she's looking for answers after her friend and neighbor, Lindig was found dead.

WEAU talked to Lindig's fiancé, Jim Potter, who said he was the last to see Lindig Sunday night, and that she left to go on a walk and never came back.

The sheriff, along with Potter and Brandstadter said they don't know why the mother of two boys, ages 11 and 14, would go to the dead end road, on a cold night, not knowing anyone who lives there.

"For her to be gone, it doesn't seem feasible. She would never leave Jim, never ... her kids meant the world to her," Brandstadter said.

"I think somebody killed her. Personally, I think somebody killed her." "I can't believe it. That anybody would pick her up and take her. But somebody did. Somebody did it. Cause she would never walk 3 miles out of town. There's no way."

She said Lindig battled depression and was on medication, but would never leave her family.

"I don't believe that she would have killed herself. I really don't," Brandstadter said. "She's in a better place; I really believe that in my heart.

Medical examiners are waiting for toxicology results, but the sheriff said he's not sure a crime was committed.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone that may have seen a female walking on Highway D between Sunday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 25, west of Chetek, should contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Dept. at 715-537-3106.

STORY FROM 12/26/12

BARRON, Wis. (BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On 12-24-12 about 10pm the Chetek Police Dept took a report of a missing 43 yr old female from the City of Chetek after she didn’t show up for her families Christmas. After a search of her apt and interviews with her family and friends she was entered as a missing person.

On 12-25-12 at 1:54pm a subject brought a purse into the Chetek Police Dept that belonged to the missing person that was found outside of Chetek in a field.

Officers from the Chetek Police Dept responded to the location where the purse was found and located a body in a wooded area.

Investigators from the Barron County Sheriff’s Dept were called in and it was determined that the body located in the woods was that of the missing person reported to the Chetek Police Dept.

At this time her death continues to be under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Dept and the Barron County Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death.

Per Chris Fitzgerald,Barron County Sheriff