Police: DNA links "Kensington Strangler" deaths

The sketch released after an October sexual assault in Philadelphia's Kensington section.
December 21, 2010 4:45:25 AM PST
Philadelphia police say two strangulation murders in Kensington have been linked by DNA. While a suspect has not been named as of yet, officials say DNA evidence shows the two murders were committed by the same person.

On November 3rd, the body of 21-year-old Elaine Goldberg, a nursing student at Gwynedd Mercy College, was found in a lot along the 2800 block of Ruth Street. Her body was partially clothed.

The body of Nicole Piacentini, 35, of Port Richmond was found on November 13th less than a block away, behind and abandoned building in the 1900 block of East Cumberland Street. Police say her body was also partially clothed.

Police say two other non-fatal assaults may be connected to these murders. The women in those attacks were able to supply authorities with a sketch. Police say, however, the person depicted in the sketch may not necessarily be the same person who killed Goldberg or Placentini.

Both of these victims were assaulted in October.

Police say one victim was choked and possibly sexually assaulted.

The other woman was assaulted in late October in the same area that three other attacks were carried out.

This victim was choked, police said, but survived. They do not believe she was sexually assaulted.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at at 215-686-3334.


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