Man Finds Body While Shoveling Snow

Man Finds Body While Shoveling Snow

( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Finds Body While Shoveling Snow:

An Illinois man made a grisly discovery while shoveling snow from a sidewalk when he found his mother-in-law's dead body underneath.

The man had been clearing the path outside Elizabeth Lutz's Niles home for 40 minutes before he found her lying face down on the ground at 6 p.m. Monday, according to NBC Chicago.

Cops were called and officers tried to resuscitate the 55-year-old with CPR.

Lutz was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, but she was pronounced dead an hour later.

The man, who has not been named, told police he'd arrived at his mother-in-law's home to shovel snow at 5:15 p.m.

He said he spotted what he thought was a garbage bag in the parkway. It wasn't until he'd been shoveling for two thirds of an hour that he realized it was actually a corpse.

Police released a statement claiming that he was her son-in-law, but a friend of Lutz has since told NBC that he wasn't.

An investigation has been launched into the unexplained death.

Lutz's body showed "no visible signs of injury" and she was "wearing clothes appropriate for the winter weather," according to a police report.

Cops said there was currently no indication of foul play. A toxicology report and autopsy are pending, reports the Niles Herald-Spectator.

Annie Hall, who lives in the neighborhood, paid tribute to her friend.

"She had like breast cancer, she had COPD she had a lot of issues, but she just kept on trucking," she told CBS Chicago.

"She kept on being happy," she added.