Sheriff: Human hair found in feces of dogs that mauled 22-year-old to death
GOOCHLAND, Va. (WSET) -- Necropsies for the two dogs officials said mauled a 22-year-old to death in Goochland County have been completed.
22-year-old Bethany Stephens was found in a wooded area of Goochland County on the night of Thursday, December 14.
Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said Stephens had suffered "severe trauma" and was being guarded by the two dogs when deputies and investigators got to the scene that night.
Investigators said it was evident that Stephens had been dead for quite some time.
Agnew said the necropsies for the two dogs, named Tonka and Pac-Man, were completed and the results were sent to a lab for further testing.
He added that some human hair was found in the feces of the dogs and the lab would confirm who the hair belonged to.
Agnew released photos and details of Stephen's death to journalists, and said that deputies witnessed the animals eating at Stephens’ rib cage. Her body was dismembered, and she was found completely naked except for one boot, according to WTVR.
Toxicology reports are pending on Stephens, and it will be about 90 days before they are available, that's when officials said they will have the cause of death.
The two dogs were euthanized shortly after the incident as a safety precaution to the community, with the family's consent, according to the sheriff.