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Arrest made in slaying of young Philadelphia doctor found bound, burned in her basement

  • A Philadelphia Police crime scene unit officer walks down the 1700 block of Naudain St. in Center City where a woman was found burned to death in her basement, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small says firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman's body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Officer Christine O'Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. O'Brien says the cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Ron Tarver) MAGS OUT; NEWARK OUTThe Associated Press

  • Police remove the body of a woman found burned to death in her basement on the 1700 block of Naudain St. in Center City Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small says firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman's body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Officer Christine O'Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. O'Brien says the cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Ron Tarver) MAGS OUT; NEWARK OUTThe Associated Press

  • Victor Pisani, who lives three doors down from a woman was found burned to death in her basement, watches as police wrap crime tape around her home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small says firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman's body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Officer Christine O'Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. O'Brien says the cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Ron Tarver)The Associated Press

An arrest has been made in the slaying of a young doctor found bound and burned inside her downtown Philadelphia home.

Police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said Thursday morning that a person is in custody. Authorities did not immediately release details on the charges being filed or the person's name.

The burning body of 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti was found in her basement Monday afternoon, with her ankles and wrists bound. Police said the second-year infectious-diseases fellow and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia had been strangled.

The police department says it will be releasing updated information on the case Thursday.

Investigators had been viewing surveillance video from security cameras near Ketunuti's home to see if she was being followed.