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Woman Found Dead Near Renzie; Two Held For Questioning

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
September 12, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News


A similar car to the one wanted in connection with the case. (Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)

An unidentified woman was found dead Thursday morning in a wooded area alongside Renziehausen Park, Allegheny County police said.

A vehicle believed to be connected with her death was found Thursday night in Washington County and two men are being questioned. County police detectives said they are currently looking for a third person of interest.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched just before 10 a.m. Thursday to the parking lot of the dek hockey complex in Renzie.

Witnesses had reported seeing a woman in the woods who was not breathing or moving, not far from a trail, Schurman said. The victim was described as a black woman wearing a yellow sundress. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Schurman said.

Detectives believe the woman died somewhere else and was transported to the woods in a vehicle, he said.

Police do not yet know how she died and are awaiting results of an autopsy on Friday by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, Schurman said. Initial examination of the victim showed signs that she may have been strangled.

At about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, video surveillance cameras near Renzie recorded a silver 2007 Chevrolet Impala sedan, license number LBF-0239, entering the area where the victim's body was found, Schurman said. The vehicle had a rear spoiler and a sunroof.

Thursday night, that car was found in the parking lot of a Walmart near the junction of Interstate 79 and Route 19 in South Strabane Twp., Washington County. Two people were with the vehicle and were taken into custody, Schurman said.

Their names have not been released by police. Schurman said police are looking for a third person who fled the scene and that "more information will be provided as it becomes available."

Police are asking anyone with any other information to call the Allegheny County police tipline at 1-833-255-8477.

Originally published September 12, 2019.

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