Jesus Take The Wheel: 35-Year-Old Philly Pediatrician Found Dead, Bound, Burned, And Strangled

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35-Year-Old Philadelphia Pediatrician Found Dead, Bound, Burned, And Strangled

We wonder what the motive was for this brutal crime

According to ABC Local:

Philadelphia police say the doctor who was found burned inside the basement of a home in Center City on Monday appeared to have been strangled. Police say 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti was found in the basement of her home on the 1700 block of Naudain Street. Ketunuti’s cause of death appeared to be strangulation, but police are awaiting the results of an autopsy. When asked if there were any signs of sexual assault, Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said during a news conference on Tuesday morning that while they were still awaiting those autopsy results, there were no immediate signs of sex assault.

Clark also said there were no suspects or a motive yet in this case. Police questioned Ketunuti’s boyfriend this morning and then brought him to the house this afternoon. The police say, at this point, he is not a suspect. Ketunuti, who lived alone, was a doctor taking part in a pediatric fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “She dedicated her whole life to being a doctor and helping kids with cancer. It’s very, very unfortunate that she died in this manner,” said Clark.

Ketunuti was found in the basement of 1728 Naudain Street around 12:30 p.m. Monday by a pet walker who came to pick up her dog. Firefighters and police were called to the scene. “They go in the basement. They find a female – her body’s on fire. The fire department puts water on her to put the fire out,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Police remind the public that there is a $20,000 reward for arrest and conviction in any homicide in the city. Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), send a text message to PPD TIP (773847) or send a tip through

On Tuesday morning, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said that Ketunuti was a second year infectious diseases fellow and researcher at CHOP. “Melissa was a warm, caring, earnest, bright young woman with her whole future ahead of her,” said Paul Offit, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, in a written statement. “But more than that, she was admired, respected and loved by those with whom she worked here at CHOP. Her death will have a profound impact on those who worked with her and we will all miss her deeply.”

Wow. So sad. R.I.P.

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