Dental records sought to ID victims who were strangled, burned
September 22, 2013 10:18PM
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:34AM
The Cook County medical examiner’s office was waiting Monday for dental records to identify the two women, a mother and a daughter, whose bodies were found stuffed in the trunk of a car that was set on fire Saturday night in a Palos Township forest preserve.
The charred bodies were found about 11:45 p.m. in a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve in the 11600 block of Ford Road in Palos Township, authorities said.
Cook County sheriff’s police spokesman Benjamin Breit said the victims have been identified as a woman in her 70s and her daughter, who was in her 50s. He declined to release their identities, citing the ongoing investigation.
An autopsy Sunday determined that the women were strangled, and their deaths were ruled homicides, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Palos Fire Protection District Chief Pat Gericke said his firefighters responded to a call of a vehicle on fire and discovered the bodies in the trunk after checking to see whether the fire was out. He declined further comment.