Autopsy: Antioch woman died before mauled by dogs

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ANTIOCH, Ill. — Authorities in northern Illinois say an autopsy shows a 71-year-old woman died of natural causes before sustaining multiple dog bites.

Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Christopher Covelli on Wednesday identified the woman as Elizabeth A. Flood of Antioch, about 50 miles northwest of Chicago. He said the Wednesday autopsy found she died before she was bitten.

Flood’s 23-year-old grandson told deputies he left his grandmother at home with their German shepherd and a Labrador/chow mix Tuesday morning to go to work. He says when he arrived home about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday his grandmother was unresponsive in the bedroom and the German shepherd was missing.

The German shepherd was later found and both dogs have been seized by animal control.

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