Authorities think bitter overnight lows may have contributed to the death of an El Dorado woman. 30-year-old Beth Ann Noffsinger was found dead early Monday morning in a field.
The Butler County Sheriff's office says deputies were called to Highway 54 and SE Cattle Pen Road for the report of a missing person around 12:45 Monday morning. The victim's fiance was in his car parked in the area. He said he drove to the area with Noffisnger, but then she became disoriented and got out of the car and started running. He told officials he doesn't know why she left.
Deputies from Butler and Greenwood Counties searched for her in the area, but they weren't able to find her. The Butler County Rescue Squad, Rosalia Fire Rescue, Augusta Department of Public Safety and KHP air support were called in for a search and rescue operation.
Noffisnger's body was found in a field hours later. Butler County Sheriff investigators say there were no visible signs of trauma. Authorities say she was not dressed for the cold weather conditions.
An autopsy has been requested to determine the cause of death and the investigation continues.