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Death of Monica Batts ruled accidental


CHILTON, WI (WTAQ) - Officials in Calumet County say an 18-year-old woman was drunk when she frozen to death outside a home last month.

The body of Monica Batts was found outside a home on Highway X, just east of New Holstein on February 15.

Investigators say the Fox Valley Technical College student had been lying there for at least six hours before her body was discovered. Sheriff’s officials say she left a New Holstein home around 4 a.m.

On her way home, she walked across a snow-covered field and went over a snow fence in the backyard where her body was found. She apparently tried to get into the house but could not.

In the days after Batts’ death, an autopsy was performed on her body. Medical examiner Michael Klaeser determined last month that she died from hypothermia due to exposure to the cold.

After receiving toxicology results, Klaeser said Thursday that Batts had an elevated blood-alcohol level when she died. Klaeser says that led to her confusion and possible loss of direction.

No other drugs were found in her system. The death has been ruled an accident.