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Son Charged In Stangulation Death Of Chester Mother

(Credit: Kelly Hessedal)

(Credit: Kelly Hessedal)

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CHESTER, Pa. (CBS/AP) – Officials have announced the manner of death of a woman found decomposing in her Delaware County apartment Thursday.

According to the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office, the manner of death for 52-year-old Joleen Marie Smith was ruled as asphyxiation by strangulation.

Smith was found by officers in her Wallingford Estates Apartment around 9:16 a.m. Thursday after a relative called police for a well-being check (see related story).

Police believe she was dead for at least a day.

The Delaware County district attorney’s office on Friday said 28-year-old Patrick Michael Smith of Chester is facing first- and third-degree murder charges.

Police say the case is being investigated as a homicide.

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