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Autopsy: Woman found strangled in West Side alley

An autopsy conducted today determined that a 51-year-old woman whose body was found Friday wrapped in a blanket in an East Garfield Park alley had been strangled, officials said.

Police found Velma Howard in an alley on the 600 block of North Homan Avenue at 2:20 p.m. Friday, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

Howard was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:02 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Howard, whose last known address was on the 2900 block of West Madison Street, had been strangled and her death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office. An autopsy was conducted today.

No one was in custody as detectives opened a homicide investigation.

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