A 36-year-old woman was found dead in the snow Tuesday in the central Minnesota town of Motley, investigators say. Police said she wasn't dressed for the weather and had likely taken numerous anti-anxiety pills before she died, according to WCCO.
The frozen body of the woman, identified as Anna Eakle, of Staples, Minnesota, was found in the dog exercise area of an apartment complex at about 8:45 a.m. – about four hours after she was last seen by a railroad worker in the town roughly 125 miles northwest of Minneapolis, the Brainerd Dispatch reports.
“The railroad worker said the woman didn’t seem right,” Motley Police Chief Brian Madison told the newspaper. "The woman was not dressed appropriately for the weather. She was wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes."
Madison said Eakle had filled a prescription for alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, the day before she died, according to WCCO. Police found the prescription bottle in her motel room with many pills missing. Madison added, Eakle had recently moved to Minnesota from Oklahoma to be with her boyfriend, but had moved out Monday night to a motel because she wanted to be on her own, WCCO reports.
The National Weather Service reported that the windchill just after 8 a.m. was 29 degrees below zero, the Forum Communications reports.
No foul play is suspected and an investigation continues. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.
The news follows the discovery of several other Minnesotans found dead in the cold this winter. Earlier this month, the body of a 41-year-old Virginia, Minnesota, man who had been missing for a month was discovered under his porch.
Authorities say that a 32-year-old Lakeville woman whose body was found on her doorstep during a brutal cold snap in January died as a result of "hypothermia complicated by acute alcohol intoxication." Police had said the woman may have been outside for as many as 20 hours before her body was discovered by her sister.
A 54-year-old Embarrass woman's body was discovered in a driveway last month.