Woman’s Body Stuffed in Trash Bag, Left on Curb

A grisly discovery along a Philadelphia street overnight as a woman’s body was found partially stuffed into a trash bag and police couldn’t immediately identify her.

Paramedics and officers found the woman on the curb of the 1800 block of W Westmoreland Street — under a rail bridge — in the Tioga-Nicetown neighborhood just after 1 a.m. Medics pronounced her dead a short time later, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The woman had blood on her clothing and her legs and torso were stuffed into the trash bag, Small said.

"It appears that there was some sort of trauma to her face, also to her head," Small said. "The fact that her body was in a trash bag is also very suspicious."

Police called the woman a Jane Doe who appeared to be in her 40s. They had trouble identifying her due to the severity of her injuries.

An autopsy will determine an exact cause of death.

The area under the bridge is dark at night and strewn with trash and debris that people have dumped in the area, neighbors said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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