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Updated: April 6, 2013 6:17AM

ELGIN — An avant-garde artist found dead in her Garden Quarter subdivision townhouse Saturday had been stabbed multiple times, the Kane County Coroner’s Office reported Monday afternoon.

Lisa Koziol-Ellis, 33, was found dead in her home at 1 Garden Crescent Drive at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Her husband, “Dash” Ellis, reportedly called 911 and told police that he had found her injured when he got home from work.

In a statement, Coroner Rob Russell said a forensic pathologist performed an autopsy on Koziol-Ellis’ body on Monday and ruled that the preliminary cause of death was “multiple stab wounds.” Police were considering the death a homicide.

As is almost always done in autopsies, Russell said toxicology samples were taken from the body to be analyzed.

Elgin police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said Monday that police investigators had nothing else new to report publicly. He declined to say whether detectives believe the woman was specifically targeted by her killer or whether, for example, she might have surprised a burglar in her home. Police have said her husband has been cooperating with investigators.

Neighbor Pam Pouse told WBBM-TV on Sunday that Koziol-Ellis and her husband had moved into the townhouse only two days before the murder, on Wednesday.

Nicknamed “Foxy Goat,” Koziol-Ellis was an artist and jewelry-maker. Sporting numerous tattoos, she described herself on Facebook as “a goat-flavored smut lover who makes dazzling jewelry and random art awesomeness.” She was one of the arts and crafts vendors at the 2012 Monster Mash Up, held last June at the Haight building in downtown Elgin.

Her friend Mitchell Wells of Chicago commented on the website on Monday that despite what he called a “smut-tastic vocabulary,” Koziol-Ellis “was never anything other than happy and full of energy. She had a magnetic personality that brought out the best of everyone she has ever talked to. Once you met her and talked to her, she felt like your best friend.”

Built in the 1970s, the west-side townhouse where her body was found is located at the entrance to Garden Quarter subdivision just west of Wing Park, with its rear facing busy Wing Street.

The Garden Quarter condominium association sent other residents an email Saturday, suggesting they leave on their porch lights and stay alert to suspicious activity.

Police would not say whether the home showed any sign of a break-in.

It was the year’s first homicide in Elgin, after two in 2012 and five in 2011.

Correspondent Janelle Walker contributed to this story.

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