Police investigating body found in Kensington

PHILADELPHIA - December 24, 2010

The body was found inside a home Friday afternoon on the 3800 block of north C street.

The death has not been ruled a homicide, but homicide detectives are involved in the case.

The Kensington strangler situation has everyone on edge, but so far, there is no indication this woman was a victim.

So far, police have not connected this death to the Kensington Strangler. The death is considered suspicious, but the circumstances remain unclear.

Authorities tell us it's difficult to say if there was a struggle or if she was sexually assaulted, the cause of death is not yet known. Her death remains under investigation.

The body of a woman in her 20's was carried out of the home on the 2800 block of C Street in Kensington where she was found dead, face down in a bedroom late Christmas Eve afternoon.

Neighbors explain how the building owner called police after making the discovery.

"Larry came to my house when the incident happened with the ambulance, crying telling me he didn't do it; that two guys brought the lady, that he rented it to the lady and the guy," said Nicole Sanchez.

17 year old Nicole Sanchez lives nearby and tells Action News she talked to the owner this morning.

"The lady's boyfriend left at 11:30 in the morning, and he told Larry she was just sleeping, leave her there. And when Larry went to wake her up she was dead," said Sanchez.

Sources tell us the building owner rented out rooms. It is a building some neighbors have come to know for illegal activity.

"It's a home frequently used by drug dealers and prostitutes. Every morning when I wake up to go to work, same thing day in and day out. I've been living on this block for eight years, and I'm seriously scared to go out of my house," said Rebecca Cruz.

And that fear has skyrocketed with the Kensington Strangler on the loose.

The most recent female body was found in the same zone where police say three other women have been killed at the hand of the serial killer.

The body of 27 year old Casey Mahoney was found earlier this month in a wooded area on the 100 block of Tusculum. DNA evidence linked her death to those of 21 year old Elaine Goldberg and 35 year old Nicole Piacentini who were found in November.

"People are afraid to come out. Since this happened, a lot of girls are not around. You don't see them too often like you used to," said George Emery.

Homicide detectives are investigating, though it has not yet been ruled a homicide. We still do not know the identity of the woman. No charges have been filed.

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