A 66-year-old woman was attacked by a pair of pit bulls as she walked near her North Carolina home recently, local police revealed this week.
According to the New York Post, the woman, who was not immediately identified by police, was walking in the Lake Tillery area on Thursday when the attack took place.
When she did not return home at the expected time after her walk, the woman’s husband reportedly called authorities to report her missing, according to a statement released by Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins.
A subsequent search of the area led police to find the woman’s body lying alongside a remote road not accessible to the public.
Her remains were located hours after her husband made the initial report, according to police.
Watkins offered condolences to those impacted, calling the incident “a very tragic event, which has deeply affected the family, friends, deputies and first responders,” as reported by the Raleigh News and Observer.
Local officials also believe they have located and quarantined the two animals that attacked the woman.
“The owner agreed for the dogs to be euthanized so they could be forensically examined to see if they suffered from rabies,” the sheriff said.
Medical examiners are expected to further study the animals to gauge their jaw size and police say the victim’s body is scheduled to be autopsied in Raleigh.
As of the latest reports available, there were no criminal charges pending and police were treating the case only as a death investigation.
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