Trash-picker finds woman's body bound, stuffed in duffel bag

Posted: July 16, 2014

WITH ITS LONE graffitied, abandoned house, grassy vacant lots and sparse signs of life, the desolate stretch of 3rd Street just north of Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia seems like the perfect place to dump a body.

And that's exactly what someone did, police said yesterday.

About 5:30 a.m., a man picking through trash on the block, which is flanked by several grassy lots and the back of a warehouse, spotted a duffel bag outside the three-story, tan-brick rowhouse with boarded-up windows and made the grisly discovery, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.

When the man opened the bag, he found the young woman dead, bound at the wrists and ankles and wrapped in a trash bag, according to police.

"He probably saw this big bag and thought he had something good until he opened it up," Stanford said.

The man alerted police. At 5:45 a.m., the woman, who had not been identified last night, was pronounced dead.

Stanford said the woman appeared to be in her 20s and might have been Hispanic. Police don't believe she had been dead long when she was dumped. Investigators yesterday were waiting on the medical examiner to determine how the woman died.

Stanford said detectives yesterday canvassed the area around where the body was found in hopes that someone nearby had heard or seen something that might give police some clues.

He said police are also looking into the possibility that the body may somehow be connected to a car found on fire yesterday morning on Bambrey Street near Tasker in South Philadelphia.

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