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UPDATE: Missing La Crosse woman found dead

ONALASKA, Wis. - A La Crosse woman who went missing early Sunday morning has been found dead.

Police found the body of 23-year-old Neala Frye at approximated 9:30 Sunday night in a ditch near the Black River spillway in Onalaska. It's a marshy area near the end of Irvin Street.

Frye was last seen early Sunday morning at the nearby Spillway Pub.

Crews were out searching for Frye most of the afternoon on Sunday, after several of her credit cards were found near the marshy area down the street from the bar.  Late Sunday night, a group of Frye's friends was searching a trail in the area and found her shoes, and her purse.  Police were called in, and discovered Frye's body.

"There are really different pieces, different items found in different locations that make us think she may have been disoriented, and didn't really know where she was, for whatever reason," says Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic.

Chief Trotnic tells News 8 Frye's body was found about 300 yards down the train tracks in a ditch.


At this point, Trotnic says foul play is not suspected.

"Maybe the elements and the weather had something to do with it," says Chief Trotnic.  "But we don't make assumptions and we investigate thoroughly.  The proximity to the train track, we also need to make sure she wasn't clipped by a train.  There's no indication to believe that she was, but if she was that presents a whole other set of issues for the investigation to look at."

Frye was appearing for a beach party at the bar Saturday night as a promotional "Sol Girl" to represent her employer: Body & Sol Yoga, Massage & Tan. Police say she may have been intoxicated and disoriented when she left the bar.

The Onalaska Police Department is asking state investigators to help determine how Frye died.  Those investigators are expected on the scene early Monday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Onalaska Police Department at 608-781-9550.

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