Woman found strangled in Juniata may be linked to others

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - December 4, 2010

Investigators spent hours gathering evidence from a second floor apartment where a woman was found strangled to death.

The young woman was found in a apartment Friday night on the 3,800 block of Glendale Street in Juniata. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled.

Off camera, neighbors tell Action News they heard nothing out of the ordinary coming from that apartment, and only realized something was wrong with the arrival of police.

The latest case has kicked off speculation that it could be connected to other attacks that took place nearby in the past several months.

Last month, authorities announced DNA evidence linked two fatal Kensington attacks to the same man.

On November third the body of 21 year old Elaine Goldberg was found in a lot on the 2,800 block of Ruth Street, partially clothed.

Then ten days later, the body of 35 year old Nicole Piacentini was discovered behind an abandoned building less than a mile away. The Port Richmond woman was also partially clothed.

Two other women have since come forward to police saying they were both attacked and choked in the same area as Goldberg and Piacentini in October.

One of the survivors was able to provide a description of her attacker, allowing police to release a composite sketch, though authorities are not yet certain the man is also behind the two deaths that are definitively linked through DNA, or this latest strangulation in Juniata.

One obvious difference is that the latest victim was found inside an apartment, and not outside on abandoned properties where the other attacks occurred.

A homicide task force dedicated to probe the recent strangulation deaths in the city has now taken this particular case. No specific reason has been given for the task force taking the case other than it's a strangulation.

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