Body found in abandoned house identified


A body found in an abandoned house on Gum Street has been identified as a Philadelphia woman missing for three weeks, the authorities said.

The body has been positively identified as 41-year-old Amelia Williams of Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Police Detective Bobby Pattillo.

Pattillo said Williams had been reported missing on July 22. A cause of death has not been established by the State Medical Examiner, Pattillo said.

“The investigation is still ongoing with collaboration from the Medical Examiner’s office,” Pattillo said.

Officers responded to the 900 block of Gum Street near Lewis Avenue at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, after receiving a call of a possible deceased body, a PPD social media post said.

Pattillo said that it appears that Williams’ body had been there approximately three weeks before she was discovered.

“Amelia was last seen walking on Gum St In Philadelphia on July 7,” PPD had said on Facebook last week. “She was frequently seen daily walking around town normally in the area of Lewis Ave and Beacon St.”

If anyone has any information on this case please contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 601-656-2131.

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