An Illinois man was shoveling snow from the sidewalk when he found a woman’s dead body buried in the snow.
According to NBC Chicago, the unidentified man was clearing a path by Elizabeth Lutz’s home in Niles when he discovered her lifeless body faced down on the ground Monday afternoon.
Authorities rushed to scene and tried resuscitating Lutz with CPR. She was then rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where she was pronounced dead.
The man told police that he arrived at his mother-in-law’s home at around 5:15 pm to shovel snow. He said he noticed what he thought was just a garbage bag in the parkway at first. After 40 minutes of shoveling, he realized what it actually was.
A police report stated there were “no visible signs of injury” and that she was “wearing clothes appropriate for the winter weather.” Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report to confirm the cause of death.
Lutz’s neighbors paid their respects to the woman, who had been battling cancer since 2006.
“She had like breast cancer, she had COPD, she had a lot of issues but she kept on trucking,” neighbor Annie Hall told CBS Chicago. “She kept on being happy.”
Lutz was 55 years old.