1216 Judson Ave.

Evanston police say they found the bodies of three people in a home at 1216 Judson Ave. this morning.

Police say a 90-year-old woman who lives at the home told them the three, all believed to be members of her immediate family, had been dead for some time.

Evanston police, the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force and the Cook County Medical Examiners Office are investigating the the deaths.

Police evidence technicians were still on the scene this evening in the block of large single-family homes not far from the Evanston lakefront.

A spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the dead as Anita Bernstorff, born in 1910, Elaine Bernstorff, born in 1916, and Frank Bernstorff, born in 1920.

Authorities said Anita Bernstorff was last seen alive last May, Frank Bernstorff was last seen alive in April 2003 and Elaine Bernstorff was last seen alive in the early 1980s.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says it’s not yet clear why the woman neglected to report the deaths to authorities. The cause of the deaths also has not yet been determined.

Police say each body was found in a different room, covered with a blanket.

Police discovered the bodies after they were alerted by a senior advocate employed by the city who had had prior contact with the woman.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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