LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Police say a woman was hospitalized on a mental health and welfare hold just hours before being found dead outside her Lakeville home.
Acting Police Chief John Kornmann says officers were called to the home of 32-year-old Andrea Marker on January 5 on reports of a disturbance. He says alcohol was a factor in the disturbance, and that his officers were concerned enough that she was taken to Fairview Riverside Hospital and placed on a mental health and welfare hold.
Less than two days later Marker's body was discovered outside her family's home on the 17500 block of Illinois Court around 4 p.m.
Police say they are treating the death as suspicious until a cause is determined.
Authorities are not sure if the extreme cold played a role in her death, but say they observed evidence of possible hypothermia prior to death.
Investigators are focusing on tracing the last 24 hours of Marker's death and are talking to family and friends about her activities and state of mind.
An autopsy has been completed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, but Chief Kornmann did not have the results.