CHICAGO HEIGHTS — A female found dead with a bloody head and back Wednesday night near a home in south suburban Chicago Heights was beaten to death, an autopsy found.

Police responded about 9:25 p.m. to a 911 caller stating she could hear a woman screaming for help in the 1400 block of Schilling Avenue, according to a statement from Chicago Heights police.

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When officers arrived, they found a female lying on the ground near a fence in the back of a home, bleeding from the head and back, police said. Paramedics were not able to revive the female.

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The female, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:44 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Thursday revealed she died of multiple injuries suffered in an assault and her death was ruled a homicide.

Chicago Heights police and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Chicago Heights detectives at (708) 756-6422.

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