Couple Finds Body of Woman Stabbed, Shot & Handcuffed in Philadelphia Park

A Delaware County woman was handcuffed, stabbed and shot before being dumped in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, homicide detectives said Tuesday.

Police said a driver found the Toy Charda Bryant's body around 8:30 a.m. along Georges Hill Drive near the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in West Philadelphia.

The 26-year-old Chester, Pennsylvania woman had her hands handcuffed in front of her body. Detectives said she was stabbed multiple times and was shot once in the back of her head. [[383023991, C]]

Homicide Capt. James Clark said Bryant had defensive wounds on her hands.

"I believe she was in a fight for her life, and unfortunately she lost," he said.

Detectives believe Bryant was killed in another location and her body dumped in the park.

A couple headed to work called 911 after finding the body behind the Mann Performing Arts Center.

Fairmount Park is one of the largest municipal park systems in the United States, covering more than 9,200 acres throughout the city.

The murder sparked concerns that it was done at the hands of the infamous Fairmount Park rapist. Police have connected him to at least three attacks -- including one murder -- between 2003 and 2007. He was never caught or identified.

Police said they don't believe the woman was sexually assaulted.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215.686.TIPS.

Police are investigating after a motorist driving through Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia stumbled upon a gruesome scene Tuesday morning: the body of a woman who had been handcuffed and stabbed in the stomach. NBC10’s Pamela Osborne is live at the scene with the latest on the investigation.
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