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More details released in Onalaska death investigation

ONALASKA, Wis. - The preliminary autopsy of Neala Frye, 23, has been completed.

The La Crosse County Medical Examiner John Steer says Frye's death appears to be due to hypothermia, secondary to intoxication.

Steers says a preliminary alcohol screen indicated .211 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).

An additional toxicology is pending. Those results will be available in a few weeks.


Onalaska police have released more details in the death investigation of a 23-year-old La Crosse woman found dead on Sunday night.

Police found the Neala Frye's body in the area of 1st Avenue South near the railroad tracks in Onalaska.

A bloodhound tracking dog led Onalaska police officers and officers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through heavy vegetation, which led to the railroad tracks where the scent was lost. Police say Frye did not return home on Sunday evening and she did not show up for her shift at Menards in La Crosse.

Frye's friends found some of her belongings near the railroad tracks. Onalaska police then searched the area near where her items were found and discovered Frye's body.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation is helping with the investigation.


If you have any information that you think would help police with this investigation, you're asked to call the Onalaska Police Department at (608) 781-9550 and ask to speak with one of the investigators.

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