2012-06-22 / State

Philly funeral home finds rope in woman’s throat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a suspect is in custody after funeral home workers found 10 inches of rope and a candy wrapper stuffed down the throat of a woman who initially was believed to have died of natural causes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports police say it initially appeared 70-year-old Kathleen Mcewan had died of natural causes when they arrived at her apartment in Philadelphia’s Roxborough section.

But authorities say workers at a suburban funeral home preparing her body for embalming found 10 inches of rope and the candy wrapper in her throat.

On Wednesday, police charged 49-year-old Geraldine Cherry with murder. They say she lived at the same apartment complex as the victim. Cherry is being held without bail and it wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.

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