GREAT BEND — The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate an unattended death at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday north of Great Bend.

Law enforcement was alerted to reports of neighbors not seeing a nearby resident for days. Upon arrival, officers forced entry into the home and discovered the body of a 49-year-old female who was dead, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

Dr. E.L. Jones, Barton County coroner, said initial investigation indicates the cause of death was hyperthermia combined with other health issues.

The sheriff’s office reminds people to check on elderly and people who have health issues during times of extreme temperatures. Anyone working outside is advised to drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day.

Hyperthermia and dehydration can induce heat exhaustion or heatstroke, which can be debilitating or fatal. Persons with other medical issues are particularly susceptible to these conditions.