Sunday 17 December 2017

Bodies found bound with duct tape and anchor in river 'drug-related' deaths - police

The deaths of two men whose bodies were found bound with duct tape and weighted down with a makeshift anchor in a river in Philadelphia were drug-related, police have said.

Homicide Captain James Clark said officers are investigating a possible gang connection to the killings and the critical wounding of a third man.

Capt Clark said the dead men had both had their throats slit and had been tortured.

The third man was found wandering in a street near where the bodies were found. The 23-year-old had also been stabbed and thrown in the Schuykill River but told police he was not weighted down so was able to swim ashore.

Police said all three men had been abducted together, contradicting an early account of what happened. Police would only say that some preliminary information proved inaccurate.

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