Chicago Woman Found Dead in Michigan

The body was identified as 42-year-old Elizabeth Brooks

A 42-year-old Chicago woman was found dead over the weekend in southwestern Michigan, police said.

The woman’s body was found in the New Buffalo Township north of U.S. 12, according to authorities.

The body was identified as Elizabeth Brooks, of Chicago based on fingerprints from an arrest record in the city.

Police said Brooks' body was discovered just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday on a driveway that runs north of U.S. 12.

Lt. Mike Dawson of the Michigan State Police- Niles Post told NBC affiliate station WNDU-TV a homeowner found the body near the Amtrak "right of way."

"[The homeowner] came through the drive the night before, the body was not there," Dawson said. "Shortly before 11:30 he was driving out his driveway, thought there was a deer laying on the ground, he checked it and found it to be a human."

Police do not believe the body was hit by a train because there were no outward signs of trauma, WNDU reported.

Michigan State Police said a forensic exam was completed at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids but a final cause of death was delayed pending toxicology results.

Brooks' neighbor Lilly Gardner said she left Chicago Saturday "and she was good when she left."

"I didn't know what happened until I heard the news," Gardner said. "Very shocking. It's amazing things thta happen, I just don't understand it and I'm 84 years old."

Before the move to Roseland last summer, Brooks lived in the bsaement apartment of a building on the West Side, residents said.

Investigators are working with the Chicago Police Department on the ongoing investigation.

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