Center City murder victim a local pediatrician

Philadelphia police investigate an alleged homicide at a row house along the 1700 block of Naudain St. in center city Philadelphia on Monday, January 21, 2013. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
Philadelphia police investigate an alleged homicide at a row house along the 1700 block of Naudain St. in center city Philadelphia on Monday, January 21, 2013. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
Posted: January 21, 2013

The woman who was found bound and set on fire in her Center City home Monday afternoon was identified as a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, police sources said.

Her body was found around 12:30 p.m. by her dogwalker, police said, when the dogwalker arrived at the woman's house on 17th and Naudain Streets to take the woman's pet out.

The dogwalker found the woman's body on fire, police said. Her hands and feet were bound behind her and she was face down, police said.

The woman's name has not been released, but police sources said she was a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Chief Inspector Scott Small confirmed there was no sign of forced entry to the rowhome.

Small said the cause of death is still unknown and there has been no positive identification of the victim. Neighbors expressed shock that the crime took place on their normally quiet block.

Police were still on scene late this afternoon.


Contact Allison Steele at asteele@phillynews.com.

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