Reward for info in Pennypack slaying now 50G

Posted: August 10, 2014

CITY OFFICIALS are hoping an increased reward will help catch the scumbag who killed a woman in Pennypack Park earlier this week.

As homicide detectives continued their search yesterday for answers in the death of Constance "Connie" Murray, 46, the city's Parking Authority and the Union of Painters and Allied Trades District 21 added a combined $15,000 to the fund for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

"I join with Commissioner [Charles] Ramsey, Deputy Commissioner [Richard] Ross and Capt. [James] Clark in condemning this and other acts of violence," said Vincent Fenerty Jr., the PPA's executive director.

Fenerty added that Murray's brother, Kevin McClain, works as a plumber for the PPA and as the shop steward for the union.

With that latest cash infusion, the bounty for fruitful leads in Murray's slaying is worth $50,000, after earlier donations by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union and the city, according to Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.

Murray was found strangled in a stretch of the park behind the Holme Crispin Cemetery, at Holme and Convent avenues, early Tuesday, according to police. She was last seen the night before, when she left home to go on her nightly run.

Homicide Capt. James Clark said yesterday that detectives were working "round the clock" on the investigation, and had revisited the area where Murray's body was found in an attempt to find possible clues, including her cellphone, which remains missing.

Several residents in that area have been questioned by police, Clark said, but all were released and none is considered a suspect in Murray's death.

Tipsters are asked to call 215-686-3334.

- Staff writer Stephanie Farr

contributed to this report.

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