Homicide detectives are investigating a murder that started out as a case of two missing persons.
According to Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson Officer Christine O’Brien, Melanie Colon, 22, and her friend Reynaldo Torres, 41, were reported missing last week. This past Saturday, a passerby walking in a wooded area of Juniata Park near Tacony Creek, saw a decomposing body around 5:54 a.m. and called police. On Sunday, investigators had identified the body as Colon, 22. She had been shot multiple times and detectives are still trying to determine a motive. Torres is still listed as missing.
According to O’Brien, Colon and Torres were last seen on Tuesday just before 6:00 p.m. The investigation is continuing.
In an unrelated criminal investigation police are looking for three young Black males who burglarized a home in Society Hill and stole $100,000 in jewelry and cash on April 30.
According to investigators, the robbery happened inside a home in the 500 block of Spruce Street.
The three suspects were caught at 8:10 a.m. on surveillance cameras parked a black SUV at 6th and Cypress Streets. At 12:40 p.m., the suspects leave the vehicle and forced open a side window and entered the Spruce Street residence. Inside the suspects pried a safe from the floor containing cash and jewelry valued at $100,000 and carried it from the residence. As of Tribune press time no arrests have been made.
The first suspect is described as Black male, approximately 20 years old, with a medium build, medium complexion and light facial hair. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans, with a black belt and sneakers.
The second suspect is a Black male in his early 20s. He is between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build. He was also wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt but with gray sweatpants and dark sneakers.
The third suspect also a Black male of about 20-years-old, approximately 6 feet tall. He too was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants with a white stripe on side and a dark baseball cap.
In another unrelated robbery investigation the police are looking for an 18-year old Black male suspected of multiple robberies.
Kevin Wingfield, 18, from the 4200 block of Leidy Avenue is the prime suspect in a string of robberies in the 39th Police District that occurred from April 28, 2012 to May 3, 2012. On April 28, 2012 at 8:15 a.m., an unknown male entered the Irma Mini Market located at 1901 West Brunner St.
The male then grabbed the employee covered his mouth and forced him to the floor. At that time a second male entered the market and attempt to open the cash register but could not. The male then grabbed the cash register and both males fled the market in an unknown direction.
On May 3, 2012, at 7:05 a.m., three unknown males entered the Mini Market located at 4201 Germantown Ave. One of the offenders pulled out a handgun and pointed it at one of the employees. After a brief struggle all three suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction after taking $1800 in cash. After investigating these robberies Kevin Wingfield has been identified as a suspect. Wingfield is 18 years-of-age and is from the 4200 block of Leidy Avenue. If you know his whereabouts contact: Northwest Detectives at (215) 686-3353/3354.