EAST VILLAGE — The body of a woman was found Tuesday morning in an East Village alley near a row of residential garages and a construction site.
The woman was discovered in the 1000 block of North Wood Street about 7:25 a.m., authorities said. She was later identified as Amanda Pucci, 23, of the 100 block of Breezy Point Lane in northwest suburban Fox Lake.
There were no signs that Pucci had been assaulted, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. Detectives are handling the case as a death investigation.
"I was freaked out," said Jose Gonzalez, a construction worker whose job brought him to the scene.
He'd heard that a woman opened her garage to find the body there and called police.
"You don't see that on this side of town," Gonzalez said.
Neighbor Ilene Siemer, whose garage also faces where the woman was found, said she was about to take her 4-year-old twins to school when police flagged her down and told her to come to her front yard.
"I haven't really processed it yet," Siemer said. "It's sad. I think I'm sad more than anything."
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office should complete an autopsy Wednesday. When the news broke Tuesday, Pucci's identity had not yet been released.
"I just hope that they identify her and her family heals," Siemer said.
The quiet street is full of families, and Tuesday, many were seen walking with their young children in strollers.
"You live in a city and you know that stuff happens, but I've lived here 20 years and that hasn't happened to me until today," Siemer said.