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Police release 911 call for Woodstock woman found dead in apartment

Neighbor describes possible overdose, baby left in apartment

Woodstock Police and McHenry County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate the scene of at least a death on the 1500 block of N. Seminary Ave on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Woodstock.
Woodstock Police and McHenry County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate the scene of at least a death on the 1500 block of N. Seminary Ave on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Woodstock.

Police have released a redacted 911 call connected to an investigation into a Woodstock woman’s death.

Valerie Underwood, 35, was found dead in her apartment at the Silver Creek Apartments complex off Route 47 last week. A neighbor called 911 to report the death after one of Underwood’s friends found the body and knocked on her door, according to the recording. A baby also was in the apartment, according to the 911 call.

The neighbor said she thought Underwood had overdosed.

“The baby was underneath her,” the neighbor said in the call.

The neighbor had the baby, estimated to be 1- to 2-years-old, in her apartment, she said.

The woman said she thought Underwood was dead because she was blue, cold and had no pulse.

McHenry County interim Coroner David Devane has said that the cause of Underwood’s death is pending toxicology reports.

Those reports weren’t back Thursday afternoon, according to the coroner’s office.

Police still are investigating the circumstances of that day, including an incident in which a man allegedly intended to steal a 43-inch Toshiba TV from Underwood’s apartment, records show.

Alexander T. Rulford, 41, of Woodstock, was charged with residential burglary. He remained in the McHenry County Jail on Thursday, according to online records.

During the initial response to the call for the reported death, police said a separate call was made to the dispatch center describing suspicious activity in the same area.

Police Chief John Lieb has declined to comment on if the matters are connected.

“All matters going on at that time in that location are under consideration,” Lieb previously said. 

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