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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a developing story. It will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Allegheny County police are looking for a suspect identified only as “Mo” in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found near Renziehausen Park on Thursday morning.
They believe he may be in the McKeesport or Pittsburgh areas.
Two Pittsburgh men who were using the victim’s car on Thursday night in Washington County are being held on charges of receiving stolen property.
The victim, whom police have identified only as a black woman wearing a yellow sundress, was discovered Thursday morning along a wooded trail not far from the dek hockey court and Penn State Greater Allegheny campus.
Police believe she may have been strangled somewhere else and her body left in the woods, but they are awaiting the results of an autopsy today (Friday).
Police said that just after 11 p.m. Wednesday, surveillance cameras around Renzie Park recorded a silver Chevrolet Impala leaving the area near where the victim’s body was discovered.
Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said Friday morning that the Chevy belonged to the victim, whose name has not yet been released.
Just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police in South Strabane Twp., Washington County, spotted the Chevrolet in the parking lot of a Walmart near the intersection of Route 19 and Interstate 79 and detained two men who were with the car, Schurman said.
“Unbeknownst to them, there was a third male connected with the car who was in or near the store,” Schurman said. Police believe that man fled the scene and eventually made his way back to Pittsburgh.
The man, who police said possibly goes by the nickname “Mo,” was described as a black male, 6-feet-2, weighing 300 pounds. Detectives believe he may be heading for the McKeesport area.
The two men detained at the Walmart are being charged by South Strabane Twp. police with receiving stolen property.
Court officials said Clyde C. Cox, 27, of Pittsburgh’s North Side is being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Sept. 24 before Magisterial District Judge Jesse Pettit in Peters Twp., Washington County.
Schurman said South Strabane police also were charging Daron D. Parks, 26, of Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood. He had not yet been arraigned as of Friday afternoon, court officials said.
County homicide detectives are asking anyone with information about the woman’s death to call the Allegheny County police tipline at 1 (833) ALL-TIPS (255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
Originally published September 13, 2019.