Philadelphia crime scene investigators remove human remains from basement

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Crime scene investigators removed a concrete-enclosed body from a home in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

The home on the 5200 block of Burton Street in Wissinoming was the focus of a police investigation. The search began after investigators received a tip that the body of a woman who had been missing for eight years was buried in the basement.

When investigators arrived at the scene last week, they encountered a hoard situation.

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It took at least two days to remove the garbage and debris, and on Thursday night sources told Action News they had found signs of remains.

On Monday, crews were able to reach the remains and laboriously remove much of the concrete around them.

The coroner is conducting an autopsy. Investigators must find out if the discovered person was killed or died of natural causes and was then buried in the house.

The remains have not been identified.

Neighbors say they haven’t seen the family living there for days.

Melissa Rosario is one of several neighbors who saw police parked on the block for six days.

“You don’t know what’s going on — all these rumours, all these stories,” Rosario said. “It took you so long to clean up the house. It’s like ‘Oh maybe it’s a lie and maybe there isn’t a body there.’ And then to hear that the body was there for eight years?”

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