Evanston police are investigating the death of a 45-year-old woman whose body was found in her apartment at 1727 Howard St. this morning.

Police say there were signs of a small fire in the apartment and the body of the victim, Eva Marie Toney, had burn injuries, but that it’s unclear how the fire occurred or whether it caused her death.

Police and fire units responded to the scene about 8:05 this morning after receiving a call from a relative of the victim who had discovered her body.

The Cook County Medical Examiners Office, the state fire marshall’s office and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the case along with the Evanston police detective bureau.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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