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HAMMOND — The Lake County coroner's office on Tuesday released the identity of a homeless woman found dead beneath an interstate overpass Saturday, the Lake County coroner's office said.

Carolyn Spencer, 55, was known to be called "Sgt. Major General." No foul play is suspected in her death, a coroner's release said.

The coroner's office asked for help locating Spencer's family members.

Before Spencer began living beneath the Interstate 80/94 overpass at Kennedy Avenue, she had lived in the 200 block of Highland Street.

Spencer suffered no visible injuries. The cause and manner of death were pending toxicology results, said Scott Sefton, chief deputy coroner.

Coroner Merrilee Frey said in a news release that she appreciated "the outpouring of information from the community" after she sought tips about the woman's identity last weekend.

Anyone with information about Spencer or her family is asked to call the coroner's office at 219-755-3265.


Public Safety Reporter

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