Woman, 82, beaten to death in Chicago Heights

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An 82-year-old woman was beaten to death Sunday afternoon in south suburban Chicago Heights.

Officers responded about 5:15 p.m. following a 911 call that a person had fallen down stairs at a home in the 2300 block of South Halsted, according to Chicago Heights police.

Australia Landingham was found unresponsive at her home in the block when emergency responders arrived, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy Monday found she died from multiple blunt force injuries in an assault, the medical examiner’s office said. He death was ruled a homicide.

Chicago Heights police were working with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and Illinois State Police to investigate the case. Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at (708) 756-6422.

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