STEARNS COUNTY, Minn. -- A Stearns County woman is dead after apparently falling into her fire pit early Monday.
Eden Valley Police and fire crews were called to a residence around 1:20 a.m. to check on reports of a deceased female. There, they found the body of 57-year-old Bonita Louise Schwandt, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Schwandt had been sitting alone by her backyard fire pit when she apparently fell in. Her boyfriend came to check on her and found the body. Investigators believe alcohol was a contributing factor in Schwandt's death.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy.
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