At first, police say, 70-year-old Kathleen Mcewan appeared to have died of natural causes when they arrived at her apartment in Philadelphia's Roxborough section and oversaw transport of her body to a funeral home.
But funeral workers at the John J. Bryers Funeral Home in Willow Grove discovered something else the next day as they prepped Mcewan's body for embalming: up to 10 inches of rope stuffed down her throat, along with a candy wrapper.
As a result, Geraldine Cherry, 49, with an address listed by police as at the same apartment complex, was charged Wednesday night with murder and is being held without bail. There is no known motive. The relationship between Cherry and Mcewan is unclear.