Police remove the body of a woman found burned to death in her basement on the 1700 block of Naudain St. in Center City Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small says firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman's body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Officer Christine O'Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. O'Brien says the cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Ron Tarver)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s medical examiner is conducting an autopsy on a woman whose body was found bound and burned inside a home in downtown Philadelphia.
Firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman’s body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Police say there was no sign of forced entry or anything taken from the home.
Officer Christine O’Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the city medical examiner’s office, says an autopsy is being conducted Tuesday.
The cause of death has not been determined.
Neighbors say Ketunuti was a doctor. Officials say the body was discovered by the woman’s dog walker and that her face and upper body were so badly burned she was unrecognizable.