Autopsy: No foul play; hypothermia was cause of death for Sioux Falls woman found in McCook County

An autopsy performed on April 19 in Rapid City determined cause of death in the case of Kay Flittie

60-year-old Kay Flittie was reported missing on April 5. Her body was eventually discovered 11 days later in Hanson County.
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ALEXANDRIA, S.D. — Authorities have announced that no foul play was involved in the death of a 60-year-old Sioux Falls woman found in McCook County on April 16 near Spencer.

According to Hanson County Sheriff Brandon Wingert, an autopsy completed in Rapid City on April 19 determined that there was no foul play involved in Kay Flittie's death.

"It was determined that she died from hypothermia," Wingert said.

Flittie's body was discovered during a day-long search on April 16 that involed more than 120 volunteers searching near the Fuel Mart truck stop south of Spencer.

Flittie was discovered three miles east of her last known location, when she was last seen alive at 7 p.m. on April 5 near mile marker 352 in Hanson County, or just west of the Spencer exit. Her family had told police that she was traveling to see a relative in Arkansas before she went missing.


Hundreds of volunteers met at Spencer Fuel Mart on Saturday, April 16, to assist law enforcement and other first responders in the search for missing 60-year-old Kay Flittie.
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No indication was provided by officials regarding why Flittie's vehicle was located in Hanson County. Wingert said no other information was available about Flittie's death.

Services for Flittie have been announced. A memorial service will be held for Flittie at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25 at Wild Flower Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.

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