UPDATED (01/24/13): LEVITTOWN EXTERMINATOR JASON SMITH CHARGED WITH MURDER OF DR. MELISSA KETUNUTI. READ MORE.
SHOCK: A Philadelphia pediatrician, Melissa Ketunuti, was found brutally murdered in the basement of her home Monday. The charred body of Melissa Ketunuti, who lived alone, was found strangled, hog tied and still smoldering in the basement of her home yesterday. Investigators say her hands and feet were duct-taped behind her.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports police said there was no sign of forced entry at Ketunuti’s Graduate Hospital-area row house, on a well-maintained street blocks from Rittenhouse Square. The burns were reportedly concentrated on her arms and chest.
Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death. No suspect is in custody at this time. Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, who is an avid blogger, worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She earned a doctorate in medicine from Stanford University.