Autopsy requested in bizarre death

Just after midnight on Monday, Butler County Sheriff Office Deputies were dispatched to an area near U.S. Highway 54 and SE Cattle Pen Rd. for the report of a missing person. Officers found Lewis Wygle, 52 of El Dorado, at his parked vehicle south of U.S. 54 on Cattle Pen Rd. and he reported that his fiance’ Beth Ann Noffsinger, 30, of El Dorado, who for reasons unknown became disoriented, left his vehicle and began running.

Assisted by Greenwood County, Butler County officers conducted an initial search in the area but were unsuccessful in locating the missing woman. A search and rescue operation was conducted with the Butler County Rescue Squad, Rosalia Fire Rescue, Augusta Department of Safety, and Kansas Highway Patrol air support.

Noffsinger was located at approximately 6:43 a.m. in a field area and pronounced deceased. Sheriff investigators on the scene determined there were no visible signs of trauma, but advised that the deceased was not properly attired for the weather conditions.

An autopsy has been requested to determine the cause of death. The investigation is on-going at this time.