Woman Found Dead In Church Parking Lot

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (STMW) – A woman, missing since the start of the blizzard Tuesday evening, was found dead inside her vehicle Wednesday night and appears to be the first weather-related death in Lake County because of the storm.

Susan Smith, 57, of unincorporated Mundelein was found inside her vehicle parked in the lot at the Alpine Chapel, 1180 Heather Lane, Lake Zurich.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller said today it appears she is the first weather-related death of the storm. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday and authorities will be able to tell if Smith died of hypothermia by checking blood vessels in the stomach, which ruptures in a cold-related death, Keller said.

Smith had been working at the Jewel in Lake Zurich and was stopping by the chapel, where she works as an office manager.

“She was heading home from Jewel, but had an errand (at the chapel), she was just going to stop in,” said Ronn Read, the church’s senior pastor.

Lake Zurich police were unavailable for comment.

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  • joe

    How the hell is that weather related?

    • Southern Man

      How is it that they knew she was comming and did’nt look for her to arrive? They knew she was on her way there.Something is not right.

  • leeny

    Fool Joe, if she died from the cold.

  • righttrack

    Why would she just sit in her car and freeze to death??? If she worked at the church, then she had keys to get in. She could have gone inside the church to get warm or use the phone, etc. This is NOT weather-related !!!

  • Denise roberts

    Are you sure that the church was alpine chapel it is not on heather lane. Maybe this is in the industrial park they could have a office there. Alpine chapel is on echo and miller in lz

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