Death in Manayunk condo ruled a homicide

A 26-year-old woman found stabbed to death in her Manayunk condo Wednesday evening was a victim of homicide, the medical examiner said Thursday.

Officials initially believed that the stab wounds to her upper torso were self-inflicted, but the examiner's report showed otherwise, Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney said Thursday.

The woman’s body was discovered by her fiancé about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday inside their sixth-floor condo at Venice Lofts, on Flat Rock Road near Main Street, police said.

“We’re still looking into what happened,” said Cooney. Police have not identified the woman.

As of Thursday night, police did not have a motive or suspect in the stabbing death.

The incident left neighbors petrified.

One resident who lives on the same floor as the couple said he would always see the woman in the morning, but he didn’t know her name.

“She was generally friendly when I talked to her,” said the man, who declined to give his name. “The people who work in the building are sad because she was such a nice girl.”

The man said he didn’t hear any commotion the night she was killed. He said she and her fiancé became engaged over the summer and had moved from another unit in the building to the sixth floor in July.

The luxury condo building is equipped with 24-hour concierge service at the front door, but the resident said people often allow friends in through the side and back doors.

If visitors were to enter through the front, they would have to sign in and provide their name and the time they entered, the man said. Then after 4 p.m. the doors lock and people can't enter the building unless they have a key fob or the password, he said.

“Knowing the people next door, I would never think something like this would happen,” he said.