Police say no crime committed in Winona student's death at restaurant


A hospital released preliminary autopsy results on the death of Brooke Baures Tuesday and police said investigators concluded no crime was committed at the restaurant where co-workers found the Winona State University student dead last week.

As the Winona Daily News reports, Baures, 21, was found to have died of severe head trauma when she was caught in the food service elevator at WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

A statement released by the Fountain City Police Department says investigators found no witnesses to the accident but concluded that Baures was the only person with access to the elevator's controls at the time.

Baures had been serving a banquet on the restaurant's second floor. Her body was discovered by a cook and bartender when the elevator reached the kitchen on the first floor, police say.

Baures, a senior majoring in social work, was originally from Chetek, Wisconsin. She'd won All-America honors on the Winona State gymnastics team. Friends and supporters remembered her at a candlelight vigil on campus last week.

WXOW of La Crosse reports the food service elevator was permanently removed from WingDam on Saturday at the direction of Wisconsin's Department of Safety and Professional Services.

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