CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – An autopsy on the woman who died at Rock Fest has not revealed a cause of death.
On Friday, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said that further testing is needed to determine how Joann Helene Caldwell, 38, of Marquette, MI died. Caldwell was found unconscious on Thursday morning on the festival grounds outside Cadott.
Sheriff Kowalczyk says toxicology tests could take time to finish, and that he likely will not receive a ruling on a cause of death anytime soon.
CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local music festival is getting off to a rocky start as a woman dies in her camper on the grounds of Rock Fest.
The 38-year-old woman was pronounced dead just feet from the main stage of the rock music festival.
While there’s still a lot of mystery surround the woman’s death, Rock Fest organizers say no foul play is suspected and the event is still a safe place to enjoy rock and roll.
WEAU 13 News asked festival-goers what draws them to the annual event.
“Party with my friends, hang out and have a good time,” said Kayla Stick of Andover, Minnesota.
“And see a lot of great bands,” said Patty Schroeder of Bloomington, Minnesota.
But just hours before the fun was set to begin on Thursday afternoon, tragedy struck.
“There was a woman found unresponsive in her camper this morning,” said Wade Asher, the General Manager of Rock Fest.
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department said EMS crews were unable to revive the woman and she was pronounced dead.
While her name is not yet known, deputies said the woman is 38 years old, from out of state, and was staying at the festival with her husband.
“We lose a little bit of Rock Fest when we lose one of our rock festers,” Asher said.
Festival attendees WEAU talked to found the news of the death unsettling.
“Hopefully it wasn’t anything too tragic,” Schroeder said.
“You don't think that's what's going to happen when you come to have a good time with your friends and family,” Stick said.
This is not the first Rock Fest to turn deadly.
Last year 45-year-old Rhonda Box and Amherst died after she was found unconscious on the fest grounds.
Investigators said Box died due to medical issues.
“When you get this many people together there's going to be issues no matter what,” Asher said.
Fest organizers said they have emergency crews and sheriff deputies on standby 24/7 in case something goes wrong.
And security is tight.
“We're very strict as to what we allow in here. Not only because of the safety of everyone else, but our liability as well,” Asher said.
The sheriff’s department said it’s not yet known if drugs or alcohol are a factor in the woman’s death.
But the cause of death should be known tomorrow after an autopsy is completed.
Stay with WEAU 13 News and WEAU.com for the latest on this developing story.
Cadott, Wis. (WEAU)- The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says a woman was found dead Thursday morning at Rock Fest in Cadott.
Captain Eugene Gutsch says the woman is 38-years-old, but would not release her name. She was found dead at a campsite on the festival grounds. Gutsch says investigators are at the scene and there's no word yet on how she died or if her death is suspicious.
We'll have more on this story in our later newscasts and right here on our website.