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Garden City — A microchip in a dog found with the body of a woman in the backyard of a Garden City home led police to a tentative identification.

Police believe the woman found in the 31900 block of Alvin is a 53-year-old from Canton Township, said Garden City Police Chief Robert Muery. He declined to release the woman’s name, pending positive identification.

The dog’s microchip provided police with the name of the dog’s breeder, who led them to the owner, Muery said.

“The breeder was contacted by investigators and they were able to obtain additional information,” he said.

Police do not suspect foul play.

“At this point we do not believe the death was the result of a criminal act, but detectives are keeping an open mind as the investigation continues,” Muery said.

Police were called around 10 a.m. Tuesday after a man reported spotting the body behind the home in an area west of Merriman and north of Cherry Hill.

The woman did not live at the home and was not dressed for the cold weather. Temperatures dropped to 11 degrees Tuesday morning with a wind chill of zero.

Police do not know why the woman was in the backyard, but believe she has family in the area, Muery said.

The dog was being cared for at Lucky Dog Day Care in Garden City.

Cause of death was pending, police said.

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