PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Authorities have uncovered human remains from the basement of a home in the Wissinoming neighborhood of Philadelphia.
The home on the 5200 block of Burton Street was the focus of a police investigation this week.
Police told Action News that bone fragments of a human foot were uncovered about four feet below the concrete on Thursday.
However, work to uncover more remains was hampered after the basement flooded due to heavy rains on Thursday and Friday. The crews had to pump out water.
The Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Captain and the Chief of the Office of Forensic Science both arrived at the home Friday.
The search began earlier this week after investigators received a tip that a woman’s body was buried in the basement.
Neighbors tell Action News they haven’t seen the occupants of the home for a while.
“The girl has been missing for eight years,” said a neighbor who identified himself as Art. “The family was back and forth there all the time. At least they finally found her.”
Investigators were faced with a hoarding situation while checking the tip.
In order to verify the legitimacy of these claims, the Department of Licenses and Inspections had to clear the debris from the home.
Action News was there on Wednesday as three dumpsters full of rubbish and discarded belongings were carried out of the townhouse.
“It smelled like rotten eggs out here,” a woman who lives a few doors down told Action News this week. “It’s scary. I don’t know what happened in that house.”
Two kittens in the home were also rescued on Friday, and Good Samaritans who took them to the PSPCA have returned to safely retrieve several more kittens.
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