Police investigate deaths of mother, daughter in McCook

Special to the Tribune

McCook police are conducting a death investigation after the bodies of an elderly mother and her daughter were found in their apartment in the near west suburb.

McCook Police Chief Frank Wolfe said police conducting a well-being check about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday found the two women on the kitchen floor of the apartment in the 4900 block of Egandale Avenue.

Wolfe said he believes the women had been dead about five to seven days. He said there were no signs of foul play, a struggle or home invasion.

The mother is identified as Gladys G. Laxman, 82, and the daughter is Bonnie L. Bailey, 65. Wolfe said they lived in McCook for more than 20 years.

Both died of natural causes, the Cook County medical examiner's office determined following autopsies today. Both women died from heart disease caused by diabetes, according to the medical examiner's office.

Police said a neighbor noticed mail piling up outside the apartment door and called police. The women were last seen by a neighbor on Sept. 20.

“Tenants (at the building) told us they kept to themselves,” said Wolfe. “They were under doctor’s care, but it’s still very unusual for two people to die like this.”

Wolfe said police cannot find any relatives of the women and are asking the public for help.  Anyone with information should call the McCook police or Sgt. Mario DePasquale at 708-447-1234.

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