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UPDATE: Woman's body found outside near New Holstein home


NEW HOLSTEIN, WI (WTAQ) - Investigators continue to try and determine how an 18-year-old New Holstein woman died.

On Friday, the body of Monica Batts was found by a homeowner on County Highway X just east of New Holstein.

Around 12:30 p.m., the man who lives at the home was heading to his garage. Calumet County Sheriff's deputies say what he found in his back yard was unexpected.

"He was walking to his garage and he discovered the body behind his residence. At that time, he called 911,” Lt. Mark Wiegert told FOX 11.

Wiegert says Batts had been lying there for more than six hours when she was discovered. The man who found her did not know her.

"She was fully clothed at the time. I'm not prepared to release any further details about the body. We treat all deaths as suspicious until the time the autopsy's finished and we can come up with the cause of death,” Wiegert explained.

Deputies are trying to figure out how Batts got to the house outside of New Holstein. There was no car left outside. However, they are tracking some footprints through a field that leads towards town.

"I don't know a lot about her past at this point. That's another thing investigators are working on, seeing where she may have been before showing up at this residence,” said Wiegert.

An autopsy is planned for Monday in Fond du Lac County.

Sheriff's officials say there is no reason to think the public is in danger. Deputies could not comment on whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in Batts's death