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.