Mother of 2 Found Dead in Philly Park

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    Sources have identified the woman whose body was found Tuesday morning in Pennypack Park. (Published Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014)

    A mother of two was found dead in a Northeast Philadelphia park Tuesday morning, not far from a local recreation center.

    Investigators say Connie Murray, 46, went out for a walk around 9 Monday night. Her family went looking for her an hour later after she never returned home.

    After being unable to find her, investigators say Murray's husband called police to report that she had gone missing.

    Around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, a woman who was walking her dog found Murray's body in Pennypack Park near the Crispin Rec Center in the city’s Holme Circle neighborhood.

    Body Found in Pennypack Park

    [PHI] Body Found in Pennypack Park
    A woman's body was found in Pennypack Park around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Homicide Detectives say they are awaiting autopsy results to find out the exact cause of death. Neighbors are concerned about the safety of their normally quiet Northeast Philadelphia community. (Published Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014)

    Philadelphia Police officers taped off the area around where Murray was found as they searched for clues.

    Sources close to the investigation say Murray had bruises and scratches on her body that indicate that she may have been strangled while struggling. However, a cause of death has not yet been determined. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy Wednesday morning.

    Nadine Meehan, a friend of Murray's, told NBC10 the victim was an active member of the Winchester Swim Club and had two children.

    "She always was a really nice person," Meehan said. "She always had a smile on her face. I'm shocked. She was just a regular mom."

    Woman's Body Found in Park

    [PHI] Woman's Body Found in Park
    A 46-year-old woman's body was found in Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014)