- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 46-year-old woman found dead in a Philadelphia park had been strangled during an evening run, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at a news conference Wednesday.

Constance Murray, a homemaker with two daughters, left home about 9 p.m. Monday for her “daily jog through the park,” Clark said. When she failed to return home, her husband and one daughter searched for her, then reported her missing at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

A neighbor walking her dog through Pennypack Park in northeast Philadelphia early Tuesday morning discovered Murray’s body in a grassy area near a baseball field, authorities said. Police had no motive or suspects for the killing Wednesday evening, and were seeking help from the public. Police had not yet determined Murray’s time of death.

An autopsy showed she had not been sexually assaulted, Clark said.

“I have detectives out there canvassing the area, speaking to neighbors, looking for any area video, looking for anything we can find to help us try to find this killer,” he said.

Murray had brought a cellphone and headphones on her run, but they were not found at the scene. It’s not yet clear if they were taken or lost in the area where she was found, police said.

Clark urged women to avoid running or exercising alone at night, but said police have no evidence the slaying is linked to any prior attacks.

A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case. A message left at Murray’s last known address was not immediately returned.

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