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Sources: Philadelphia Police Probe Virginia Death In Connection To ‘Basement Of Horror’ Suspects

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sources tell Eyewitness News that Philadelphia police are investigating a death that may be connected to four suspects now charged in the Tacony dungeon case.

The sources indicate police are trying to determine if the suspects, already charged with starving and imprisoning four mentally challenged adults in a sub basement of an apartment building in Tacony and suspected of abusing at least nine children and teenagers, may be involved in the death.

Sources tell Eyewitness News the death of the woman, sometime between 2004 and 2006, has been ruled a natural death. But the Philadelphia Medical Examiner, at the request of police, is now reviewing the case, after police discovered she was in the control of the suspects and had missing Social Security money.

No additional charges have been filed against the suspects at this time.

Meanwhile, sources tell Eyewitness News, police are increasingly convinced that the death of 39-year-old Maxine Lee in Richmond,Va.,in 2008 may have been due to starvation.

The death is now ruled “natural” due to an illness. But Virginia officials say, given the new information about the suspects, Lee’s case is being reviewed.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3