Police in Philadelphia are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body in the city’s Feltonville section. This marks the fourth suspicious body discovered in Philadelphia in a matter of three weeks!
Philadelphia Police responded to the 400 block of Roosevelt Blvd Sunday night after a landlord called 911 reporting he discovered a decomposing body in one of his apartments.
According to neighbors, they smelled a foul odor coming from a basement apartment for the last four or five days so they called the landlord. When the landlord walked in, he found the decomposing body and immediately called police.
It is unclear if the apartment was vacant, but police believe the victim could be 50-year-old Vianela Tavera. Police say Vianela Tavera, a mother of five, had not been in contact with her family since July 28th. She was traveling to Philadelphia.
Cops located her vehicle in Fairfax, Virginia and found a man she knew inside.
Police in Fairfax initially responded to the SUV after reports that a man in the vehicle possibly needed medical attention. When they arrived, they found 38-year-old Luis E. Negron-Martinez, a Philadelphia resident, in the car.
Authorities told yc.news Tavera and Negron-Martinez knew each other, but did not release details about the nature of their relationship.
“We believe she made it to her destination, but also believe she may have been harmed,” Fairfax County police told yc.news when asked for comment.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene Sunday but could not provide any additional information.
The three other bodies were located in a two-day period on July 17 and 18.
The first victim was was found 2700 block of Ruby Terrace at the Bartram Village housing development when a manager and housing police officer noticed a strong odor and saw maggots coming from a 2-foot-by-2-foot suitcase.
Contractors discovered the second victim wrapped in a tarp on the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Street and the third victim was on an off-ramp on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Police said they don’t have reason to believe the deaths are linked.
No arrests have been made in the three previous murders.