A woman who apparently died of exposure in a rural area south of Butte has been identified as Nicole Reynolds, 34, of Helena, Butte-Silver Bow Coroner Lee LaBreche said Thursday.
Search and rescue workers found Reynolds’s body late Wednesday morning on private property in the Little Basin Creek area.
LaBreche said it appears that she died of hypothermia. Foul play is not suspected, and her death appears to be accidental, LaBreche said.
Reynolds was reported missing around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after she left a residence on the 500 block of Elkhorn Lane, off Little Basin Creek Road. Reynolds had walked away from the residence around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Butte police were called after friends and relatives were unable to locate her after searching the area.
Reynolds's body was found around 11 a.m. Wednesday approximately 2.5 miles from the residence where she was last seen.
Her body was transported to the state crime lab in Missoula for toxicology and autopsy findings, LaBreche said Thursday.