Strangled Philadelphia Woman May Be 3rd Serial Strangler Victim

Authorities in Philadelphia have reportedly identified a young woman who may be the third victim of a serial strangler in the city's Kensington section.

Casey Mahoney, 27, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was the victim of a manual strangulation on Wednesday afternoon on East Tusculum Street, reports.

Police Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn announced the results of Mahoney's autopsy at a news conference Thursday.

"Based on similarities, it appears that it may be the work of the individual responsible for the first two murders," Blackburn said.

Investigators said the body had been "posed," was undressed from the waist down and had bruising around the throat, KYW-TV reported.

The body was found blocks from where the two earlier victims, Elaine Goldberg, 21, and Nicole Piacentini, 35, were discovered last month. DNA evidence has determined that those two killings are linked.

At least three other women have reported being attacked by a man who choked, sexually assaulted or hit them, police said.

Police have been scouring the neighborhood for a suspect or suspects, and last week they released surveillance video of a man they think may be connected to the attacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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