Police: Woman Found Dead in Pennypack Park Was Strangled

Connie McClain-Murray, 46, went for a run on Monday night and never returned. Police say there were no signs of sexual assault.

[UPDATE 3:33 p.m.] At a press conference this afternoon, Captain James Clark of the Philadelphia Police homicide unit announced that, as per the just-completed autopsy, the death of Connie McClain-Murray, the 46-year-old woman found dead on Tuesday morning in Pennypack Park, has been ruled a strangulation. There was no sign of sexual assault, said Clark.

Police currently have no suspects, said Clark, but will be investigating surveillance footage from the area in an attempt to find McClain-Murray’s murderer.

Clark said she went for a run on Monday night with a cell phone and headphones that were not with her when she was found. Clark advised that women running at night should not do so alone.

[ORIGINAL 9:53 a.m.]

A woman who was found dead in a Northeast Philadelphia park on Tuesday may have been strangled to death, police said. The victim, Connie McClain-Murray, was found Tuesday morning in Pennypack Park near the Crispin Rec Center. She was wearing a sports bra and shorts, and police believe she was out for a walk at the time of her death.

“If anyone saw her jogging, or if anyone knows anything, heard anything, they should give us a call,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters. Police say there were signs of a struggle.

Cops say McClain-Murray, 46 and a mother of two, went out for a walk at 9 p.m. Monday night but did not return. The family filed a missing persons report around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. A woman walking her dog after 6 a.m. found her body in the park a few hours later. A report from the medical examiner that could provide more information about her death is expected today.

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  • connied

    you should be able to walk in a park, but, my goodness, why would you do it in the dark at 9:00 at night? it seems unnecessarily reckless to me. even an hour earlier, and it would have been light out. shame.

    • Cassandra Dietz

      Connie was walking down Holme Avenue… A very busy 4 lane street, NOT in Pennypack Park at the time she was attacked! There were approximately 100 kids, parents and coaches in the field that is 10 feet away from where her body was found just 15 minutes prior to her attack. If you know the area, then you would not be so judgmental as to WHY she would have done this at 9:00 at night.

      • Concerned Neighbor

        There are no lights at Crispin’s field. It is VERY dark at 9 o’clock at night! I grew up right down the street. We used to cut thru next to the cemetary, but never at night because it pitch black at night time.

  • Enuf already

    my condolences to the family.
    Good reason why we need to put some oomph back in our legal system. This country is becoming a joke here and worldwide as our laws are used against us by criminals domestic and foreign. Other countries the numbers are low because there is shame, dishonor, most of all consequences — their jails aren’t “country clubs” as I heard one criminal put it. Heck when our president hires the best lawyers to defend terrorists on the taxpayers dime…… But no lets keep slapping them on the wrist while we put alarms and bars on our homes and businesses.

    • The Dog

      Shameful that you turn this sad story into an opportunity to bash the president. Sheesh, some people.

      • Enuf already

        Not bashing, just stating the truth. I’d like to see things such as this and children being killed come to a stop as its so senseless. Sad you need to turn it into a …….

        • anon

          Her husband strangled her. A “domestic criminal” and “terrorist.”

  • Oliver

    I’ve been living in Europe for two years. I’ve been traveling in North Africa for two months. My habits will drastically change when I return home. The question should be WHY can’t a woman walk alone in a park or along a four-lane street in America when I can do it in Italy? We have to stop accepting that we can’t even leave our houses after dark. I’m sure the president did not kill this woman, so, um, not sure what that other person’s comment is about. Anyway, I couldn’t walk alone when Bush was president either. My condolences to her family.