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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities are investigating after a 57-year-old woman was found dead in a residential fire pit.

According to the Eden Valley Fire Department, Bonita Louise Schwandt, of Eden Valley, was found dead around 1:21 a.m. Monday at a residence on the 500 block of Stearns Avenue West.

Police say Schwandt was sitting alone by a backyard fire pit at her residence and wasn’t found until her boyfriend went out to check on her, only to find that she had apparently fallen in the fire.

Emergency crews responded but Schwandt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed.

Initial findings and a preliminary investigation revealed that alcohol was most likely a factor in her death.

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