Teen found in field near Mankato, Minn. died of accidental suffocation

- The Ramsey County medical examiner's office has ruled the death of 16-year-old Hannah Oliva from New Ulm, Minn. an accident. She was found lying face down in a field near Mankato on Nov. 4.

The medical examiner's office said she suffocated due to mud and debris in her mouth and nose. The full toxicology report will be released after the death investigation in complete. The Blue Earth County sheriff's department has forwarded the results of its investigation to the county attorney's office.

Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma and it doesn't appear to be suicide, and initially called her death "suspicious."

According to Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a report of a vehicle sitting in a field approximately 200 yards off of Hwy. 68 in Judson Township around 6:30 a.m. that day.

Oliva was a junior at Mankato West High School.




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