Daily Archives: 10 December, 2012

Frigid weather suspected as cause of death for El Dorado woman

Butler County authorities are hoping an autopsy will confirm what killed Beth Ann Noffsinger, but preliminary evidence indicates the 30-year-old El Dorado woman froze to death early Monday morning.

Her body was found at about 6:45 a.m. Monday in a rural field near the Greenwood County line, authorities said. She had bolted from her fiance’s vehicle parked on Cattle Pen Road just south of U.S. 54 shortly before 12:45 a.m., and multiple night-time searches of the surrounding Flint Hills proved unsuccessful.

Noffsinger was not wearing a coat, and wind chills in the area were below zero by dawn. Authorities say her fiance reported she became disoriented for some reason and ran from the vehicle.

The investigation into the incident continues.

Wichita weather: Wind chills below zero on a harsh winter day

One of the coldest days of the fledgling winter is on tap for the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

Highs will reach the mid-30s under sunny skies in Wichita, but north-northwest winds in the teens will push wind chills below zero at times. Winds will switch to the south late in the day.

Clear skies overnight will allow lows to drop to the low 20s, with south winds easing to the single digits. Tuesday should see the start of a warming trend, forecasters say, with highs reaching the upper 40s under sunny skies. Winds will stay in the single digits out of the southwest.

Highs are projected to reach the 50s the rest of the week, forecasters say.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.