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Evanston Township Assessor-Elect Found Dead

Sharon Eckersall.

Sharon Eckersall.

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A bizarre twist in a story WBBM told you about last week – when an Evanston woman’s dog died after it was bitten by a much larger dog.

We now know the identity of the woman who was walking that larger dog.

And we know that she was found dead just this morning in her Evanston home.

Evanston Police Commander Jay Parrott says her name is Sharon Eckersall. She was 69 years old – and just elected a few months ago as Evanston Township Assessor, a job she’d held before.

Parrott says once Eckersall realized authorities wanted to talk to her about the incident with her dog on Labor Day, she called Evanston Animal Control.

“I know she spoke with our animal warden about the incident and I know she felt bad about what had taken place, but there didn’t appear to be any violation.”

Commander Parrott says foul play is not suspected at this point – and that means neither homicide nor suicide is suspected.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.