On Thursday morning, a 58-year-old woman was found dead in front of the Dorchester building on Rittenhouse Square. Police are calling it an “apparent suicide.” They report that the time of death was shortly after 10 a.m.
A Rittenhouse resident who walked by the scene at 11:40 a.m. describes it to Philadelphia magazine as follows:
"She was face down on the sidewalk, and they were creating a barricade around her body. What was strange was that I didn't see any blood. There were maybe four or five police and just her little body on the sidewalk. There was no ambulance or EMTs or anything...
"I literally was about six feet from the body before a policeman walked over and pointed me in a different direction. I didn't even know that something was going on until that moment and looked up and there she was. It was very upsetting... I'm shaking."
Police have not released the identity of the woman. They say she did leave a suicide note.
PHOTO: Layla Jones.