Charred body found in Tacony Creek Park


Po­lice are try­ing to identi­fy the charred re­mains of a man who was bound to a fence and set on fire in Ta­cony Creek Park early Tues­day. They’re also try­ing to fig­ure out who set the blaze.

Fire­fight­ers were called to a wooded area near the 5500 block of New­town Ave. at 12:52 a.m., said Of­ficer Tan­ya Little, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man. But as they were ex­tin­guish­ing what ap­peared to be a rub­bish fire, they found the burn­ing body of a man.

Chief In­spect­or Scott Small told re­port­ers at the scene that the vic­tim had elec­tric­al cords tied around his wrists, ankles and neck. The vic­tim was bound to a fence and anchored to the ground by a large auto­mobile jack, Small said.

Fire­fight­ers doused the flames and took the life­less vic­tim to the med­ic­al ex­am­iner’s of­fice.

It is un­known if the man died be­fore he was set on fire or if he was burned alive, Small said. By Tues­day af­ter­noon, po­lice had an­nounced no sus­pects or po­ten­tial motive for the slay­ing.

Autopsy res­ults are pending. Hom­icide in­vest­ig­at­ors are ex­pec­ted to re­view video sur­veil­lance film of the area, ac­cord­ing to Small. ••


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