Man Charged With Murdering Woman, Burying Her in Shallow Grave

A man was arrested and charged with the murder of a woman who was found dead in a shallow grave in a yard in Philadelphia's Frankford section last month.

Jeffrey Bowen, 30, is accused of killing 39-year-old Kelly Hepft and then burying her body.

On March 24 at 11:36 a.m., 15th district police officers were flagged down by a man who reported a possible body in a rear yard on 4700 Frankford Avenue.

When the officers went to the yard they found a human foot buried in soil. The Philadelphia Crime Scene Unit responded and recovered Hepft's body, which investigators say was wrapped in plastic bags.

A man, who was standing near the grave when officers arrived, took off running when police questioned him, sources told NBC10. Police used a taser to subdue the man, according to witnesses and the man was taken into custody but not charged at that time.

Neighbors told NBC10 the man was Hepft's boyfriend.

The Medical Examiner determined Hepft died from multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and chest and her death was ruled a homicide.

On Monday police announced Bowen was charged with Hepft's murder as well as robbery, theft, abuse of corpse and other related offenses. Police have not yet confirmed however whether Bowen was the same man who was arrested immediately after Hepft's body was discovered.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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