A 36-year-old woman was found murdered inside her apartment in her Secane apartment, Upper Darby police announced Wednesday evening. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said that the woman’s body was discovered inside her apartment in the New Orleans Park apartment complex in the 900 block of South Avenue around 4:45 p.m. after co-workers went to the women’s home when she didn’t call out for work. The victim has not yet been identified. Police say she appeared to have been beaten and strangled. The official cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Chitwood said that the woman was found in the shower with the water still running and that that there was evidence of a struggle inside the apartment. Detectives say they believe the victim knew her attacker. There were no signs of forced entry. Neighbors who live in the apartment complex said that the victim had only lived there for the last few months and that she kept mostly to herself. Chitwood says the family has been notified, but police are withholding the victim’s identification.

No arrests have been made. Police spent hours at the woman’s residence gathering evidence for the prosecution of whoever is responsible for the attack on the victim. This story is ongoing and updates will be available as more information is released. udpd1