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Published On: Wed, Jan 23rd, 2013

Melissa Ketunuti identified as woman found dead, bound and burned in Philly basement

Police have identified a woman whose body was found bound and burned inside a home in downtown Philadelphia.

UPDATE: More details surface, an arrest is forecoming says police – more here

Melissa Ketunuti

Melissa Ketunuti

Melissa Ketunuti, age 35, has been identified as the victim, a doctor in the area. Police say Wednesday that they are reaching out to the public for leads and there is a reward in the case.

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. Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry or anything taken from the home.

Officer Christine O’Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said says the cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Police are looking for leads in the murder and a $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.

Homicide Capt. James Clark says police don’t know if she knew her killer, but that there were no signs of forced entry at the home. Clark says her boyfriend has been ruled out as a suspect and she had no known disputes with anyone.

“We don’t know if she walked in on individuals inside of her property, we don’t know if individuals forced her inside her property, or whether or not she knew her killer,” Clark said. “We’re not closing any avenues.”

Ketunuti was a second-year infectious diseases fellow and researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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    This is not a correct photo, you are using the photo of her friend.

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