PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are investigating after the remains of a young woman were found inside a home in South Philadelphia on Thursday night. The victim’s body was found shortly after 5:10 p.m. in a basement located on the 2100 block of West Porter Street.
Police say the sheriff’s department, along with detectives from the human trafficking unit, were there to serve a robbery search warrant to a female at the property when officers discovered a badly decomposed body of a young woman inside the basement.
According to Sheriff Rochelle Bilal, the woman was found partially dismembered inside of a plastic container.
“They were looking for a missing female that was approximately 18 years old,” Bilal said. “They went into the basement and they found a decomposed body, appears to be of a female who was partially dismembered.”
Philadelphia police stopped short of fully confirming that the body they found belonged to an 18-year-old woman they were looking for, saying only that the scene “involved” that search — and the body they found belonged to a woman who was approximately 18. The victim was not identified.
Five people were inside the house at the time — three men and two women. All five were taken into custody with at least one of them arrested, according to Bilal.
“Thirty years I’ve been here — 18 years old and this, I don’t understand it,” said one neighbor.
That neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she didn’t know the residents of the home at all.
An investigation is ongoing.
CBS3’s Alexandria Hoff contributed to this report.