Cause of Rock County woman's death changed to homicide
Authorities initially believed Sands' death was accidental
The death of a 91-year-old Turtle Township woman last September has been changed from an apparent accident to a homicide, according to Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Marjorie Sands was found dead in her home. Authorities initially thought she had fallen and struck her head in her home in the 2200 block of East West Hard Road on Sept. 18, 2011.
The Rock County Coroner's Office said that she died from "accidental blunt force trauma to the head," but detectives said that they have received information that make investigators reconsider her death.
After exhuming Sands' body, a forensic pathologist found "inconsistencies" between her injuries and the original cause of death ruling, according to the Sheriff's Office. The pathologist subsequently ruled the cause of death a homicide.
The Sheriff's Office said that they're asking for the public's help in investigating Sands' death.
Authorities said that anyone who has information about Sands' death can contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 608-757-7923, Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636, the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463, or text “CRIMES” (274637) key word JACS or BACS then the message.
They said that tips can also be submitted online via the Janesville Area Crime Stoppers website www.stopjanesvillecrime.com or the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers website www.gbacrimestoppers.com.
They said that information leading to the arrest might receive up to a $1,000 reward. The Sheriff's Office said that the Sands’ family has also offered a cash reward.
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