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Police probe killing of bound, burned pediatrician in downtown Philadelphia

Police are continuing to search for clues in the murder of a Philadelphia doctor whose body was found bound and burned inside her home in downtown Philadelphia.

Firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman's body on fire in the basement, with her ankles and wrists bound. Police say there was no sign of forced entry.

The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. She was a second-year infectious diseases fellow and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the city medical examiner's office, says an autopsy is being conducted Tuesday. The cause of death has not been determined.

Officials say Ketunuti's body was discovered by her dog walker and that her face and upper body were so badly burned she was unrecognizable.

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