A person of interest was being questioned by police Wednesday night in the killing of Melissa Ketunuti, who was found this week strangled, bound, and set on fire in the basement of her Center City rowhouse, sources said.
The unidentified man, 36, had not been charged as of Wednesday night, but sources said he was captured on surveillance footage near Ketunuti's house around the time of the slaying. He was taken into custody in Levittown, where police were searching his house and vehicle.
According to a police source, the person of interest is an exterminator who had a job scheduled in the neighborhood and followed Ketunuti to her home.
At the man's house, a single two-story suburban residence that still displayed Christmas decorations and wire reindeer on the front lawn, investigators were scouring garbage cans Wednesday night as police helicopters hovered overhead. Police also towed his Ford F-150 truck.. An investigator said officers were "looking for any link to her."
Neighbors said the man shared the house with his girlfriend, a young child, and the girlfriend's stepfather.Read more »