The death of a rural Janesville woman found in her driveway last week is being ruled accidental and related to hypothermia by the Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department.

Hypothermia is a condition in which the body temperature drops to a dangerous level, often caused by exposure to cold weather.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the incident, will not close its investigation until results of toxicology testing are known, and that could take many weeks, said Capt. Todd Christiansen of the detectives unit.

Christiansen confirmed that Lorie Hanson, 52, had been at a Janesville tavern the night before she was found and that a bartender gave her a ride home.

The bartender saw the lights go on in the garage before he left the residence on Henke Road east of Janesville, Christiansen said.

Hanson’s body was found next to her car in the driveway.

“Somehow, she ended up back at the car and fell down,” Christiansen said. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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