Woman found dead in Chester ID'd, son charged with murder

CHESTER, Pa. - June 28, 2013

It was around 10:00 a.m. Thursday when police were called out to the report of a dead body in an apartment on the 2700 block of Madison Street.

The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Joleen Marie Smith.

Her son 28-year-old Patrick Smith faces first and third degree murder charges.

Sources tell Action News that the victim's daughter, who lives in the home, had not heard from her mother for about a week.

The daughter then called building management to check on her. They, in turn, called police who made the gruesome discovery.

Smith's cause of death has been ruled homicide by strangulation.

Police are unsure how long the victim's son stayed in the home with the body.

An investigation continues.

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