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Autopsy: Woman found dead in Uptown garage was strangled, beaten

Autopsy: Woman found dead in Uptown garage was strangled, beaten
Chicago police investigate outside the garage where a woman's burning body was found in the 5000 block of North Clark Street on Thursday, November 3, 2011. ((Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune))

A woman whose burning body was found in a garage behind her

Uptown

apartment building died in a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined today.

Maria Santiago, 54, died from multiple blunt trauma and strangulation in a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined following an autopsy today.

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Santiago’s body was found on fire in a garage in the 5000 block of North Clark Street about 9:53 a.m. Thursday, said

Chicago

Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

The woman appeared to have been slain, and police were considering the case a homicide, a police source said.

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Santiago lived at the same address where she was found, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Firefighters were called to a fire in a garage in an alley east of Clark Street and found the body, said

Chicago Fire Department

spokesman Richard Rosado. The fire was put out, and the investigation turned over to police, he said.

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Belmont Area detectives were investigating.

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