Body found in Philadelphia attorney's home identified

May 27, 2013 7:57:22 AM PDT
Action News has learned the identity of the woman found dead in the Center City home of a prominent Philadelphia attorney.

The discovery was made just after 10:00 Saturday morning on the 2000 block of Delancy Place.

A maintenance man found 26-year-old Julia Law dead inside a bathtub.

Attorney Chuck Peruto Jr. owns the apartment and Law was his girlfriend.

Sources say the maintenance man called 911 after the discovering Law's body.

Sources also say there were no signs of trauma and no drugs found at the scene.

Peruto issued a statement saying:
Julia was a beautiful, caring free spirit hippy, who I was blessed to have known. Words can't express how sad I am to finally have met someone who I believed truly loved me. You should all have someone touch your life, like she did mine. Pray for her. She was an angel.

Peruto told police he was at the Jersey Shore on Friday night into Saturday morning.

On Saturday, he was questioned as a witness by homicide detectives.

Police sources say that while homicide detectives are the lead investigators on the case, they are still only calling this a "sudden death." It has not been ruled a homicide.

Neighbors, in the normally quiet zip code, are curious and surprised after police activity dominated the block.

"This is not a crime it's a tragedy. Until someone tells me otherwise, there's no proof of foul play or crime, it could be a million things," said Pamela McCarthy, neighbor.

According to social media, Law studied at Drexel and worked as a paralegal in Peruto's office.

Action News spoke to her family but they declined an interview.

Meanwhile an autopsy has been completed, but police are awaiting toxicology results.

An investigation continues.


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