Bound, burned woman found dead in Philly home


Bound, burned woman found dead in Philly home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s medical examiner is conducting an autopsy on a woman whose body was found bound and burned inside a home in downtown Philadelphia.

Firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman’s body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Police say there was no sign of forced entry or anything taken from the home.

Officer Christine O’Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the city medical examiner’s office, says an autopsy is being conducted today.

The cause of death has not been determined.

Neighbors say Ketunuti was a doctor. Officials say the body was discovered by the woman’s dog walker and that her face and upper body were so badly burned she was unrecognizable.

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