Bounty on killer of jogger strangled in Pennypack reaches $35,000

Benches and flowers near a fenced-off graveyard at the edge of Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, near where the body of Constance McClain-Murray was reportedly found. (Robert Moran / Staff)

With little to go on three days after Constance “Connie” Murray, a Northeast Philadelphia mother, was found strangled in Pennypack Park, police have announced an increased reward for information leading to her killer.

In addition to the city’s standing $20,000 reward for a tip leading to an arrest and conviction in any homicide, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 today kicked in an additional $10,000, and Philadelphia Federal Credit Union added $5,000 for information in Murray’s case, bringing the total reward to $35,000.

Murray, 46, a wife and mother of two young daughters, left her Northeast Philadelphia home around 9 p.m. Monday to go for a jog and never returned. A woman walking her dog found Murray’s body lying along Pennypack Park’s woods off of Holme Avenue near Convent around 6 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Police yesterday said an autopsy revealed that Murray had been strangled to death in the spot where she was found, but that clues into who killed her have been scant. There has been no significant movement in the case.

Tipsters should contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or the police tip line by calling 215-686-8477, texting PPDTIP (773847) or emailing