Chicago police were conducting a death investigation Sunday at the home of an elderly woman on the city’s south side.
CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson told reporters Monday the body of an 81-year-old woman was found decapitated, adding that the crime scene was clean "a lot of deliberation was put into this horrendous act."
Residents in the 10000 block of S. Forest in the city’s Roseland neighborhood said police descended on a home on the block at 11 a.m. Crime scene investigators remained at the scene, walking inside and outside the home, by early evening.
A law enforcement source told Fox32’s Joanie Lum the body was found stuffed into a storage bin in the basement of the home.
Police confirmed only that the death investigation was initiated once the body of an 81-year-old woman was found inside the home.
“We don't really hear of things like that happening in this neighborhood. Things happen in this neighborhood, but nothing like that,” said resident Edith Epps.
Neighbors said the woman kept mostly to herself and that she had rented the home, off-and-on, for years, but had recently moved back in recent weeks.
A resident said after a realtor was unable to contact the woman, a well-being check was called for at the home.
“It saddens me that someone could do, not only a senior citizen, but anybody like this,” said Denise Yancy, a longtime resident of the neighborhood and former block club president.
Police have not said how long the body may have been inside the home and have not released the woman’s identity.
The police department is urging anyone with information about the incident to contact CPDtip.com.