Philadelphia teen leads police to body in Olney trash can; 2 people questioned: Sources

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Teen leads police to body stuffed in trash can in Olney
Teen leads police to body stuffed in trash can in Olney: Katherine Scott reports on Action News Mornings, January 15, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police found a man's body dumped in a trash can, and officers were led to the scene after a teen reported the gruesome discovery to school officials on Tuesday.

Officials say that a teen girl told school officials about a body in a trash can at 6th and Rockland streets in Olney.

"We were notified by an official from a school that there was a child reporting that sometime around the Christmas break, or slightly after Christmas, she was aware of a homicide that occurred," said Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter. "I'm sure she has the information as to who was with her at the time. Apparently she was a witness to the homicide."

RAW VIDEO: Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner speaks on body found in trash can on January 14, 2020.

Sources tell Action News that they are working to determine if the teen had any involvement in the crime.

Philadelphia averaging roughly 1 murder a day to start 2020

A source says a man and his friend beat and stabbed the victim to death. Sources also say the suspects stabbed another man, but he played dead and was able to get away.

Two people were questioned by Philadelphia detectives Tuesday night but no arrests have been made.

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

Philadelphia teen leads police to body in Olney trash can as reported by Dann Cuellar during Action News at 11 on January 14, 2020.

** A previous version of this story identified the teen as the victim's ex-girlfriend, according to sources. Police sources later confirmed this not to be accurate.