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Dead kin found in woman's home

November 09, 2008|Times Wire Reports

A 90-year-old woman apparently has been living in a house with the bodies of three siblings, one of whom may have been dead since the 1980s, police in suburban Chicago said.

The bodies were found Friday morning by police who were called by a senior advocate, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said.

The woman was taken to a hospital for observation. The Cook County medical examiner's office said Saturday that the people had died of natural causes. The dead were identified as Anita Bernstorff, who was born in 1910; Frank Bernstorff, born in 1920; and Elaine Bernstorff, born in 1916. Anita Bernstorff was last seen alive in May 2008, Frank Bernstorff in 2003 and Elaine Bernstorff in the early 1980s, officials said.

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