Decapitated, charred human remains found after fire inside Germantown home
Headless body is one of five new homicide investigations started by Philadelphia police after violent weekend
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By Hayden Mitman
The decapitated, charred remains of a person whose fingertips also had been chopped off was the most gruesome of five new homicide investigations launched by Philadelphia police during a violent weekend.
The burnt body parts were discovered Saturday at about 8:48 p.m. inside the basement of a home on the 200 block of East Price Street in the city’s Germantown neighborhood. Officers had been called to the scene after Philadelphia firefighters extinguished a fire in the basement at the rear of the house.
The fire marshal determined that the fire started next to the victim’s body, police said Monday.
The victim, who appeared to have been dead for several weeks, was wrapped in a green sheet and then wrapped again in plastic.
Police said the body was in the advanced stages of decomposition. The victim’s head was separated from the body and each of the fingertips had been severed from the victim’s hands, police said.
The victim also had “a penetrating stab wound to the chest, and trauma to the head and neck,” police said. Due to the amount of decomposition, additional forensic examination is expected to be performed on the head and neck.