Judith Permar, 56, died from a combination of trauma and hypothermia, according to Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley.
Permar used a step stool to reach the bin when her arm became stuck and the stool collapsed — her feet dangling just above the ground, PennLive reported. She broke her left arm and wrist, which prevented her from escaping, authorities said.
Investigators believe the woman went to the bin around 2 a.m. Sunday. The bin is located on Route 54 in Natalie about 60 miles northeast of Harrisburg.
She was found dead around 8:30 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.
Law enforcement officials told WNEP the cause of her death was ruled accidental.
Her daughter, Angela Minnig, posted a message about her mother to Facebook following the news of her death:
“To the friends and family of Judy Permar:
I know it’s in the paper and it’s beginning to spread on social media, but for those who do not know; On Sunday morning my Mother passed away,” she wrote.
“It was very sudden and our family will learn to coupe with the loss of such an amazing Wife, Mother, Sister, and Friend. We will be updating everyone on her viewing and wish all who knew her to visit and pay her respects.”
“She was such a fun loving person and we know it would mean the world to her to say ‘See you Again.'”