Police: Upper Darby woman slain

The death of an Upper Darby Township woman whose body was found inside her house during the weekend was ruled a homicide Monday after autopsy results showed she was strangled, police said.

Police discovered the body of Masako Griffin, 38, of the 7000 block of Emerson Avenue, on the floor of a second-floor bedroom.

Officers have been called to the house numerous times for domestic issues, said Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood.

Chitwood said detectives are looking for the ex-boyfriend, Deschae Lowry, 38, as a person of interest in connection with the case. Lowry sometimes uses Griffin's home as his address, he said.

On July 11, Lowry was arrested after he violated a protection-from-abuse order, Chitwood said. Lowry pleased guilty and was ordered to pay $500 and was released, he said.

"He is the guy that has been responsible for a lot of domestic violence," said Chitwood.

Griffin's missing car was recovered, said Chitwood, but he would not say where.

Griffin's family had planned a candlelight vigil Monday night in her memory, according to Chitwood. - Mari A. Schaefer