Woman, Dead For Over A Day, Found In Chester Apartment

Woman, Dead For Over A Day, Found In Chester Apartment

Posted: Updated:
CHESTER, Pa. -

The city of Chester is known for its crime and violence. But one apartment complex provided a kind of oasis, a pocket of the city where families could live safely. So the death of a resident inside her apartment is un-nerving to say the least.

"Never hear anything; the tenants are always very nice, the maintenance people keep up on the property. It's really nice out here. That's why I picked this area to move to," says Priscilla Thompson, a neighbor. "This is really scary. I have young babies. To walk out my house and see this going on, this is a little nerve-wracking."

Police made the discovery at 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning, after the woman's daughter called, asking for a safety check.

According to the Chester Police Commissioner, "When they knocked on the door and were admitted, the stench of death met them at the door."

Officers found the Air Force veteran in her bed, dead for well over a day. Her 28-year-old son was inside the apartment.

"The other person that was at the house, a Patrick Michael Smith, was taken into custody on a Delaware County bench warrant for the original charges of forgery," said the commissioner.

Investigators did not find a weapon, nor was it apparent how she died. Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause. And while they're handling the case as a homicide, they say it's possible it might not be.

"That is why we will not make a move. Basically it's a suspicious death... that we do all suspicious deaths as a matter of homicide," says the commissioner.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • DA: 15-Year-Old Girl Was Driving At Time Of Crash In Wayne County

    DA: 15-Year-Old Girl Was Driving At Time Of Crash In Wayne County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:14:25 GMT
    There are new developments in the deadly crash that killed three Council Rock High School South students.
    There are new developments in the deadly crash that killed three Council Rock High School South students.
  • 9-Year-Old Shot in Tacony

    9-Year-Old Shot in Tacony

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:11:59 GMT
    A 9-year-old boy was shot in the head just before 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. It happened on the 4700 block of Knorr St in the Tacony section of the city.The boy was transported to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His condition is unknown at this time, but police tell Fox 29 that he suffered a graze wound to the head.So far there have been no arrests. Police are currently on scene investigating.Stay with Fox 29 news for any updates.
    A 9-year-old boy was shot in the head just before 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. It happened on the 4700 block of Knorr St in the Tacony section of the city.The boy was transported to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His condition is unknown at this time, but police tell Fox 29 that he suffered a graze wound to the head.So far there have been no arrests. Police are currently on scene investigating.Stay with Fox 29 news for any updates.
  • Police: Man Left Child In Car While Gambling In Del.

    Police: Man Left Child In Car While Gambling In Del.

    Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland man for leaving his child unattended in a car while he was gambling in a casino.
    Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland man for leaving his child unattended in a car while he was gambling in a casino.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices