Bucks County Man Questioned in CHOP Doc's Murder: Sources

A source tells NBC10 that police searched the 37-year-old's Levittown home all through the night.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
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Police are questioning a 37-year-old Levitown man in connection with the brutal murder of Melissa Ketunuti, a 35-year-old doctor at CHOP.

NBC10, Tim Furlong

Police are questioning a 37-year-old Levitown man in connection with the brutal murder of Melissa Ketunuti, a 35-year-old doctor at CHOP.

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Neighbors of Melissa Ketunuti say she was a doctor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The 35-year-old pediatrician was found dead in her Center City home on Monday. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports with the latest.

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Police are appealing for the public's help after a young doctor is strangled and set on fire. Investigators don't know if 35-year old Melissa Ketunuti knew her attacker or was a random target.
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Police are questioning a Bucks County man, dubbing him a person of interest, in the murder of a well-respected pediatrician, according to a source close to the case.

That source tells NBC10, that police began questioning the 37-year-old man late Wednesday night about the brutal murder of 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. Crime Scene Investigators also spent a considerable amount of time searching the man's Levittown home that he shares with his girlfriend and her children. They left with bags and bags of evidence, according to the source.

Chopper10 captured the man's Ford F150 being impounded overnight. 

WATCH: Police Impound Person of Interest's Truck

Ketunuti, a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, was found burning in the basement of her Naudain Street home in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon by her dog-walker.

Her hands and feet were bound and she had rope around her neck, police say. An autopsy report determined that her cause of death was strangulation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the person of interest is an exterminator who had a job in the area of Ketunuti's home the day she was murdered.

A $35,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for strangling Ketunuti.

 


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