Coroner IDs Woman Found Burning Along Lehigh County Road

No arrests made yet in Reading woman's murder

By Dan Stamm and Danielle Johnson
|  Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:43 PM EDT
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Coroner IDs Woman Found Burning Along Pa. Road

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Two weeks after a woman's body was found burning along a Lehigh County road, she was identified as the investigation into her murder continued.

A woman's body was found burning the morning of Dec. 27 on Chestnut Hill Road in Salisbury Township, Pa.

A day later the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said the woman, described as a light-skinned Hispanic female between 20 to 40 years old, died of suffocation and thermal injuries.

That same day, the family of Jennifer Velez-Negron came forward and gave DNA samples in an attempt to positively identify the woman.

On Thursday, Coroner Scott Grim said that DNA testing helped identify the victim as Velez-Negron, 26, of Reading, Pa.

Velez-Negron's killer(s) remain(s) at large. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Township Police Department at 610-797-1447 or the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force at 610-437-5252.

This is the second time this year a woman's body was found in the area. A 20-year-old woman was found stabbed to death on Lanze Lane back in July. SalisburyPatch reports that a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with homicide in that case.

 


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