Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for a few day since she left to stroll her canine. So her father went out to search for her on the space she frequented.
There, authorities say, he discovered her two canine, guarding what he first thought was an animal carcass.
“A lot to his horror, found that it was not,” Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew informed reporters at a information convention Friday.
Investigators in Goochland, Virginia, a rural group about 30 miles exterior of Richmond, say the petite, 5-foot-1 younger lady, who weighed slightly greater than 100 kilos, was mauled to loss of life by her canine, which had a mixed weight of about twice hers, whereas out on a stroll earlier this week. Her father discovered her Thursday night in a wooded space that was once a farm, a few half a mile from the primary highway, Agnew informed The Washington Submit.
Through the convention, Agnew described the canine as “very massive brindle-colored pit bull canine.”
“The canine clearly, at the very least in our estimation in a darkish evening, had one thing to do with this. It was a fully grisly mauling,” Agnew informed reporters. “In my 40 years of legislation enforcement, I’ve by no means seen something fairly prefer it. Hope I might by no means see something prefer it once more.”
Officers from the county’s animal management division and sheriff’s workplace spent at the very least an hour making an attempt to tranquilize the animals, Agnew stated. Investigators additionally discovered bloody articles of clothes scattered within the space.
“We spent lots of time there on the scene and made some observations that, out of respect for the household, we’re not releasing,” Agnew stated.
Agnew stated investigators nonetheless have no idea why the animals turned on Stephens. In line with the health worker’s workplace, the 22-year-old had defensive wounds on her palms and arms, which indicated that she was attacked whereas nonetheless alive. Investigators say she was first attacked on her throat and face.
“It seems she was taken to the bottom, misplaced consciousness and the canine mauled her to loss of life,” Agnew informed reporters. “There have been no strangulation marks. The sufferer had puncture wounds within the cranium, and this was not a murder.”
Stephens’ pal, Barbara Norris, was not satisfied by the authorities’ account of her loss of life, saying the canine, which Stephens had been elevating since they had been puppies, would by no means activate her, ABC affiliate WRIC reported.
“They’d kill you with kisses,” Norris informed NBC affiliate WWBT, including that the canine’ kennels seemed as if that they had been compelled open. She prompt that one thing could have occurred to Stephens after strolling the canine, and the canine then compelled themselves out to assist her.
Norris has not responded to a Fb message asking for remark.
Requested about Norris’ feedback Saturday, Agnew stated the proof discovered on the scene, together with the defensive wounds, clearly confirmed that the canine had been chargeable for Stephens’ loss of life.
He stated Stephens’ kinfolk have requested for the canine to be euthanized.
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