Woman found strangled to death in apartment after members of her church call police

(CBS) — Police found a woman strangled in her apartment after she failed to show up for Easter Sunday church services.

Tiffany Thrasher, 33, was found dead inside the apartment at 2605 Clipper Drive when officers made a well-being check Sunday morning. Members of her church had called the police.

“Tiffany was happy and excited about her faith,” Pastor Mike Gates of Living Hope Church tells CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov. “She loved her church family.”

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the woman had been strangled, police said. The crime occurred between 8 p.m. Saturday and 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

“We have increased the patrols in that area and we have additional officers in that area while we are conducting this investigation,” Schaumburg Police Sgt. Christy Lindhurst says. “We would like the public to be cognizant of their surroundings.”

Police are now speaking with Thrasher’s family and friends and are asking anyone with information or surveillance video to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (847) 882-3534.

 Thrasher was last seen in Naperville Saturday evening. She had dined with friends before heading home.

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