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Woman’s death ruled fresh water drowning

The death of a Baldwin area woman, whose body was found in Pine Lake Sunday morning, April 20 by a Wisconsin DNR warden, has been determined to be caused by freshwater drowning.

A provisional report from the Ramsey County (MN) Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that 38-year-old Kristelle Marie Wolle had not suffered any traumatic injuries but had a blood ethanol or blood alcohol count (BAC) of .216 percent at the time of her death.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office investigators have been able determine that Wolle had been out with friends on the evening of Saturday, April 19. The last contact that people had with her was at approximately 2:19 a.m. on Sunday, April 20 in the Village of Baldwin.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a crash near the intersection of 117th Avenue and 207th Street in the Town of Hammond, just a few miles north of Baldwin, shortly after 5 a.m. on April 20.

When deputies arrived on the scene they found a vehicle but it was unoccupied.

An extensive search of the area ensued with personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin DNR, United Fire and Rescue and Baldwin EMS, and an airplane from the DNR.

Wolle’s body was discovered in Pine Lake a few hours later, around 10:30 a.m.

Wolle’s car had gone into a ditch and hit a utility pole about 100 yards from her home on 207th Street.

Kristelle “Krissy” Wolle is survived by her husband Eric Wolle and five children, ages 2 to 15.