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Bethany Lynn Stephens of Virginia was mauled to death by her own dogs, as confirmed by an autopsy, the local sheriff calling the incident an “absolutely grisly mauling.”

From Fox News: An autopsy confirmed a 22-year-old Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls, ending a two-month-long investigation by local authorities into the gruesome death of Bethany Lynn Stephens.

Stephens’ father found Bethany’s mangled body in a wooded area near his Goochland County home on the night of Dec. 14, where she often walked her dogs, Pac-Man and Tonka. Both pit bulls were aggressively guarding Stephens’ dead body.

At a Tuesday news conference, Sheriff Jim Agnew said: “It was an absolutely grisly mauling. In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”

“The medical examiner’s report substantiated what we observed,” said Agnew. “I hope that the family can get some peace now.”

From Fox: The medical examiner found defensive wounds on Stephens’ hands and arms from “trying to keep the dogs away from her,” and evidence of animals chewing on her face, torso, and arms after she died, according to the autopsy report.

Bethany Stephens’ pit bulls were euthanized following the deadly attack.  

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