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Woman, Dead For Over A Day, Found In Chester Apartment

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CHESTER, Pa. -

The city of Chester is known for its crime and violence. But one apartment complex provided a kind of oasis, a pocket of the city where families could live safely. So the death of a resident inside her apartment is un-nerving to say the least.

"Never hear anything; the tenants are always very nice, the maintenance people keep up on the property. It's really nice out here. That's why I picked this area to move to," says Priscilla Thompson, a neighbor. "This is really scary. I have young babies. To walk out my house and see this going on, this is a little nerve-wracking."

Police made the discovery at 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning, after the woman's daughter called, asking for a safety check.

According to the Chester Police Commissioner, "When they knocked on the door and were admitted, the stench of death met them at the door."

Officers found the Air Force veteran in her bed, dead for well over a day. Her 28-year-old son was inside the apartment.

"The other person that was at the house, a Patrick Michael Smith, was taken into custody on a Delaware County bench warrant for the original charges of forgery," said the commissioner.

Investigators did not find a weapon, nor was it apparent how she died. Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause. And while they're handling the case as a homicide, they say it's possible it might not be.

"That is why we will not make a move. Basically it's a suspicious death... that we do all suspicious deaths as a matter of homicide," says the commissioner.

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