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Death of Cottage Grove man ruled accidental

MARSHALL, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the death of a Cottage Grove man investigated as a homicide is now considered accidental.

The body of 47-yer-old Kurt Meyer was found in a cornfield in Marshall last January. He had been reported missing five days earlier.

WISC-TV reports Marshall Police Chief John Nault says the investigation into Meyer's death is now closed. A report from the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office says the accidental death was caused by exposure to the cold weather and intoxication.

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