A Virginia woman took her pet dogs for a walk in the woods near her home which turned into the big tragedy and led her to death.
The local authorities said on Friday, she was mauled to death by her two pet dogs. The 22-year-old Bethany Stephens found dead in a wooded area off of Manakin Road in Goodland, Virginia. Local deputies found her dead body on Thursday around 8:20 p.m., according to the report of Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Sheriff James L. Agnew said in a news conference on Friday, Bethany’s dead body was discovered guarded by “two very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs who were very reluctant to be caught.” Bethany’s father called the authorities on Thursday and said that he believed that he had discovered his daughter — who was missing for “over a day.” Her father also said that it seemed that her pet dogs were “guarding” Bethany.
The medical examiner’s office said in an initial report that there were defensive wounds on Bethany’s hands and arms. Agnew said that first traumatic injury she had was on her throat and on her face. He said, “It appeared the attack was a violent attack initiated by the victims’ dogs while the victim was out for a walk with the dog.”
“The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive,” Agnew said. “It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death.
According to Agnew, the area was covered in blood from where the local authorities found Bethany’s dead body guarded by the dogs. He added that it took around eight hours for the investigation to collect more than 60 pieces of evidence in connection with Bethany’s death.
Sheriff Agnew said, “It was an absolutely grisly mauling.” He added, “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 dogs are now with Goochland Animal Control.