Bethany Stephens, 22, died on 13 December in Virginia while walking her dogs.
The dogs were found ‘guarding’ her body and it took hours for the police to get past them.
According to a police report, it was the dogs – two pit bulls – that did it: “It appeared the first traumatic injury was to the face and throat. Most likely Stephens was taken to the ground, lost consciousness and then mauled to death. There were no strangulation marks, but there were puncture wounds to the skull in keeping with animal bites.”
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