By Brandi Makuski
The investigation into a Lake Pacawa death on Friday has come to an end.
Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman has concluded the cause death for Betty Frost, 56 of Plover, was suicide by drowning. The determination was made in conjunction with the investigation by Plover Police Department.
Frost’s body was discovered in the water at Lake Pacawa Park on Friday afternoon by passersby.
According to a news release on Monday from Plover Police Chief Dan Ault, Frost was found fully-clothed with no signs of trauma or any indication of a struggle. Her vehicle was left unlocked, with keys in the ignition, near the park and all her personal belongings have been accounted for.
Ault also said a note was discovered at Frost’s home, indicating her intention to end her life.
“The combined information along with statements made provided a high degree of certainty that foul play was not a contributing factor, and the cause of death was consistent with suicide by drowning,” Ault wrote in the statement.
Ault said while suicide by drowning is not common, the cold temperature of the water this time of year can cause the onset of hypothermia within a matter of minutes.
“These conditions can become a contributing factor in a person’s ability to move after a short period of time in cold water,” Ault said.
Ault also asked the family be given their privacy, and said the details were being released only because the incident occurred in a public park.
Ault also added in the release, “Our condolences continue to go out to the entire family.”