New Holstein Woman Died From Hypothermia

Calumet County authorities say the death of an 18-year-old New Holstein woman whose body was found outside a home in the Town of Holstein last month has been ruled as accidental. County Medical Examiner Michael Klaeser says Monica Batts died of hypothermia due to exposure to the cold. Toxicology tests showed that she had an elevated blood alcohol level which directly contributed to her confusion, and possible loss of direction. The Sheriff’s Department’s investigation determined she left a residence in the City of New Holstein about 4 a.m. on Monday, February 11th left a roadway on foot and crossed a snow-covered field. She then went over a snow fence into the backyard of the residence on County Highway X where she was found dead. It appeared she tried to gain entry into the home, but wasn’t successful.