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.
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."