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Sheriff: Lake Andes woman died of hypothermia

LAKE ANDES -- The cause of a woman's death who was found in Lake Andes has been determined to be hypothermia, authorities announced Tuesday. On Feb. 3, the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office found the body of 22-year-old Tessa Joseph, of Lake An...

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LAKE ANDES - The cause of a woman's death who was found in Lake Andes has been determined to be hypothermia, authorities announced Tuesday.

On Feb. 3, the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office found the body of 22-year-old Tessa Joseph, of Lake Andes, near the Lake Andes Co-op.

The results of her autopsy were released Tuesday, identifying hypothermia due to environmental exposure as the cause of death. Contributing factors to her death were acute ethanol intoxication and methamphetamine use, according to the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office.

Joseph's funeral was held Feb. 8 in Lake Andes, according to her obituary.

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