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Soldier found dead in Chippewa County had hypothermia

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Authorities said a soldier found dead in a Chippewa County forest had hypothermia caused by exposure.

But sheriff's officials say the death of Russell Plummer, 20, of Cornell needs a further review.

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And his body was sent Wednesday to a medical examiner in St. Paul, Minn. Also, the results of toxicology tests are still pending.

Plummer returned home Oct. 21, from a military training session in Maryland. But officials said he stopped using his cell phone and bank cards on Nov. 1. And his family reported him missing last weekend after he failed to show up for National Guard duty.

Plummer's car was found in the forest on Tuesday.

His body was discovered a few hours later about 40 yards from his vehicle.

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