Western Wis. woman found dead in lake after car crash


A western Wisconsin woman was found dead in a lake near her home Sunday, hours after she apparently crashed her car into a power pole, the Star Tribune reports.

Kristelle Marie Wolle, 38, of Baldwin, Wis., was found dead about 10:30 a.m. in Pine Lake, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff's deputy found her damaged vehicle about 5 a.m. Sunday at an intersection near the lake, where Wolle was likely turning on her way home. The intersection is down the street from her driveway, said Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Klatt, according to the Star Tribune.

The car was unoccupied, so sheriff's officers and other responders began an extensive search for Wolle. Her body was found in Pine Lake about 10:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.

Klatt said the area was quite foggy at the time, and that might have been a factor in Wolle's crash, according to the Star Tribune.

Klatt said it appears Wolle walked into the lake after the crash, and she may have been disoriented, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Wolle’s mother, Sandra Bancroft, told authorities her daughter was out with friends Saturday night, the Star Tribune reports.

Wolle worked for UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division and also taught business classes online, Bancroft said. She and her husband have five children.

The Ramsey County medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Wolle's death.

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