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Autopsy shows UW-La Crosse student died from hypothermia


LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A UW-La Crosse student found dead in a ditch last weekend died from hypothermia and had a preliminary blood alcohol level of 0.21.

That’s according to an autopsy performed in Madison Tuesday on 23-year-old Neala Frye.

She was missing since Saturday night, and her body was found the next evening just north of La Crosse in Onalaska.

Police say they do not suspect foul play, but they’ve asked the State Justice Department to help with an investigation that continues. Officers are still waiting for the results of toxicology tests, and they’re due back in several weeks.

Frye was last seen at a bar where she and another woman were planning out a promotional event for a massage and tanning studio. When she failed to show up for work Sunday morning, friends and relatives began searching for her.

Officials said her body was found about 100 yards from a railroad track where some of her credit cards had been dropped.