Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Cops probe woman's death

Homicide detectives are investigating the sudden death of a 26-year-old woman in Kensington.

Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman, said the woman's boyfriend called 9-1-1 about 7:30 a.m. yesterday and said he'd found her unresponsive on the second floor of their home on Lehigh Avenue near Kensington.

Medics pronounced her dead at the scene

Police pulled two sets of human remains from the Schuylkill this afternoon, bringing the number of bodies pulled from the waterway in three weeks to four.

Just before noon, Marine Unit officers were called to the river after passersby saw the body floating near the Walnut Street Bridge, according to police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien.

The man, a white male believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, remains unidentified, pending further tests from the Medical Examiner's Office, O'Brien said.

So far, it's unclear if the man is linked to the Bucks County teen who jumped off the Market Street bridge last month while fleeing Amtrak security officers.

"It would be foolish to think it couldn't be that gentleman," O'Brien said, "but we can't confirm anything for sure."

About two hours later, officers recovered the skeletal remains of a human torso further downstream, on the bank of the river underneath I-76, according to a Marine Unit spokesman.

The gender and race of those remains are unknown.

Today's discoveries come on the heels of the recovery of the body of Gregorio Andino, who was pulled from the river Saturday.

Another body, that of an Asian woman, was pulled from the Schuylkill on March 19, exactly one week after a woman was rescued after falling into the water.

- David Gambacorta and Vinny Vella

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