Authorities discovered a woman’s body in a plastic bin while they were serving an arrest warrant on the 2100 block of Porter Street.
Officers with the Sheriff’s department were searching through a home on the 2100 block of Porter Street in the Girard Estates neighborhood at 5:10 p.m. Thursday. Investigators said they were serving a robbery warrant but also received a tip about a possible case of human trafficking related to a missing 18-year-old woman.
Special Victims Unit Human Trafficking Task Force detectives had been informed about a possible case of human trafficking related to a missing 18-year-old woman who may have been at the Porter Street residence.
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They found the body in a plastic bin in the basement of the home. According to the report, it was decomposing and partially dismembered.
The cause of death has not been revealed.
The authorities are handling the hypothesis that it could be the remains of a missing woman who was reported missing on Sept. 27, 2019. However, there is an investigation underway to confirm her identity.
“We have a deceased female, possibly that age. But she’s a Jane Doe until she’s identified,” Sheriff Rochelle Bilal told reporters.
Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal declared that her office and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, worked as a team to serve a robbery warrant at the home.
“When we work together, we get things done,” Bilal told reporters.
According to the sheriff, SVU’s Human Trafficking Unit had received a tip about possible human trafficking at the home. They were searching for a missing young woman.
“They were looking for a missing female who was approximately 18-years-old,” Bilal said.
At the scene, they found five people: three males and two females. Some lived at the home, according to Bilal.
Bilal said one of the females was listed on the robbery warrant. The female and the four others were taken into custody.