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Three bodies found in elderly woman's home

EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Police in the leafy Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill., say they have found a 90-year-old woman living with the bodies of three dead siblings in her house.

The bodies, two of which were described as skeletons and another as badly decomposed, were identified as brothers and sisters of the unidentified woman, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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They were identified as Anita Bernstorff, born in 1910, Frank Bernstorff, born in 1920 and Elaine Bernstorff, born in 1916. The dates of their deaths were to be determined by the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Police told the Sun-Times that Anita Bernstorff was last seen alive in May 2008, Frank Bernstorff was last seen alive in April 2003 and Elaine Bernstorff was last seen alive in the early 1980s. Authorities believe all died of natural causes but have yet to determine why the surviving siblings never reported any of the deaths.

Neighbor Caroline Carlton told the newspaper she saw the 90-year-old on Halloween passing out candy, but added she had never been inside the house.

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