Woman Found in Fire Pit 27 Sep 11

An Eden Valley woman is dead after apparently falling into a backyard fire pit at her home.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Bonita Schwandt of Eden Valley had been sitting alone by the fire pit. Her boyfriend found Schwandt’s body when he went outside to check on her.

Emergency responders arrived early Monday. Schwandt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her body was taken to Ramsey County for an autopsy.

Investigators say alcohol was likely a contributing factor in her death.