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Police Search Northeast Philadelphia Home In Connection To ‘Basement Of Horror’ Case

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — CBS 3 has learned Philadelphia detectives searched the basement and garage of a Northeast Philadelphia home this afternoon, looking for possible evidence that may link the 2005 death of a 59-year-old woman to alleged basement of horror suspects Linda Ann Weston and three others.

CBS 3 has confirmed police believe the woman, whose death was initially ruled natural, was in the care of, and possibly captivity of, Linda Ann Weston, Gregory Thomas, Eddie Wright and Jean McIntosh, Weston’s daughter.

In addition to searching the basement and garage of the Northeast Philadelphia home, Eyewitness News has learned the autopsy report of the 59-year-old woman is now being reviewed to determine if it could possibly be case of homicide. The death would be the first death in Philadelphia possibly linked to the suspects. Another death in Virginia of a woman who was possibly in Weston’s care is also under review.

Neighbors tell CBS 3 that back in 2005, they saw a number of children and adults coming and going from the row home. A person who has rented that home since 2007 says he was told by detectives they are investigating a death at that location. The home is located approximately one mile away from the Tacony apartment building where four mentally challenged adults were found malnourished and locked in the basement.

Police have no official comment on the latest developments.

Watch Eyewitness at 5 and 6 for the latest on this story.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • Dr. Sue Cornbluth

    Hi Walt

    Great coverage on this story. My name is Dr. Sue Cornbluth. I am a clinical psychologist and a Professor at Temple University. My specialty is foster care. I was just on Lynn Doyles show last week discussing the Linda Weston case. If you need a commentary, please let me klnow.

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