Body identified in massage parlor death

Posted: September 16, 2010

A woman found dead at an illegal massage parlor Sunday night in Center City has been identified as 47-year-old Song Jae-Shim, the Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday.

The preliminary cause of death is an immune-system disease called sarcoidosis and no foul play is suspected, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Song lived at the location of the massage parlor at 813 Sansom St., said Jeff Moran, spokesman for the medical examiner. There was additional testing being conducted and no final cause of death was available, he said.

On Sunday night, police in Delaware County received a 911 call about the massage parlor from a pay phone at a Burger King on Baltimore Pike in Morton. Philadelphia police were notified and found Song fully clothed in a bed on the second floor. She was pronouned dead at the scene.

The massage parlor was called Clover Gardens and advertised on the Internet. An ad posted Sunday afternoon promised "new girls" that night. When police arrived, the massage parlor had been abandoned and officers had to force their way into the building.

On Thursday afternoon, no one answered the phone that was listed in the ads.


Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com.

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