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Woman reported missing west of Missoula found dead

Photo courtesy of Jody Lane

MISSOULA, Mont. - A woman who called 911 to say she wasn't sure where she was has been found dead in the Fish Creek area west of Missoula.

Mineral County authorities said the woman's phone went dead during Friday's 911 call. The body of 56-year-old Debra Ann Koziel was found Tuesday, near where her abandoned vehicle had been located a day earlier.

Sheriff Tom Bauer believes the cause of death was exposure to the elements and believes there was no foul play.

Koziel's car was found Monday in the Fish Creek area, west of Missoula. She last spoke to emergency officials on Friday while calling for help.

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