A 71-year-old woman found dead inside her suburban Chicago home, her body mauled by two dogs, died of natural causes before she was bitten by the animals, authorities said.
The cause of death was determined during a Wednesday morning autopsy, which identified the woman as Elizabeth Flood, of Antioch.
Flood's body was discovered just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 26000 block of West Channel Avenue when her 23-year-old grandson arrived home from work and found her in a bedroom not breathing, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff’s office.
"The grandson informed 911 dispatchers it appeared two dogs inside the residence attacked his grandmother," police said in a release.
The two dogs inside the home, a lab-chow mix and a German shepherd, had bitten the woman several times, Covelli said.
Police said the dogs were placed in the custody of animal control.