Woman who went missing in Kansas blizzard found dead

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CAWKER CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A northern Kansas woman who went missing after her car got stuck in a weekend blizzard has been found dead. 

Authorities at the Mitchell County command center for the search say the body of 37-year-old Tanya Eshbaugh, of Cawker City, was found in a field near Waconda Lake, about three miles from her car. She was on her way to work Sunday morning when she called in to say she wasn't going to make it due to the weather and was turning around to go home.

"It is believed that after getting her vehicle stuck in the ditch due to blizzard conditions that she exited the vehicle...," a flyer from Kansas Missing & Unsolved says. 

Dozens of volunteers joined in the search Tuesday. The Mitchell County sheriff says he thinks Eshbaugh got disoriented and didn't know which way she was going.  


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Authorities in northern Kansas are asking for the public's help in finding a 37-year-old woman who's been missing since her car got stuck in a weekend blizzard.

The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office posted a flyer to its Facebook page just after midnight Tuesday. It says Tanya Eshbaugh went missing from Cawker City on Sunday. Her car was found Monday on Highway 24 at mile post 204 in Mitchell County. 

She was last heard from at around 5 a.m. Sunday. She was supposed to report to work that day but called in to say she wasn't going to make it due to the weather. She said she was turning around to go home. 

Eshbaugh didn't show up for work on Monday. 

"It is believed that after getting her vehicle stuck in the ditch due to blizzard conditions that she exited the vehicle and her direction of travel is unknown," the flyer from Kansas Missing & Unsolved says. 

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Eshbaugh is white, stands 5-foot-3 and weighs 170 pounds. She has red and purple hair and blue eyes. She may be wearing a red, black and white Nebraska Cornhuskers jacket. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office at (785) 738-3523.

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