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January death in Bennett ruled accidental

Cold exposure was the cause of a January death that took place in the town of Bennett, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies with the sheriff's office were called to a residence on County Highway P at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 for a death investigation. They found Laureen Burgraff, 47, lying frozen on the porch of the residence. There were no signs of trauma or violence reported.

The house was locked and keys were inserted in the lock of the exterior door. Bags of frozen groceries and cleaning supplies along with a bag of prescription medication were found near Burgraff's body, according to sheriff's report.

Deputy Cliff Coulthard noted the extremely cold weather in his report.

"Last night, my squad showed 40 below at times and showed 21 below while on scene," he wrote, and his camera stopped working at one point due to the cold.

The incident remained under investigation until a final summary was received from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

According to a supplemental report by Sgt. Richard Schnell dated March 18, the death was classified as an accident and attributed to environmental cold exposure.

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