Woman Found Dead at Home After Being Reported Missing for Days

Police suspected no foul play in the death of an 80-year-old woman found dead at her home early Thursday in University Village, over a week after she was reported missing by a family member.

Lessie Patton was reported missing by her daughter Dec. 17 from Patton’s home in the 1200 block of South Racine Avenue, according to Chicago police.

Patton was located at home 10 days later and pronounced dead at 12 a.m. Thursday, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police believed there was no foul play in Patton’s death, and that she had never actually left her home even though she was reported missing by her daughter, police said. Detectives used surveillance video to confirm that Patton had not left her residence.

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An autopsy Friday found she died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease and diabetes and ruled that she died of natural causes, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Patton had mild dementia when she went missing, according to police.

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