Philadelphia Police stopped a U-Haul rental truck after it was seen in a report of a burglary. Unfortunately, when officers checked the vehicle they found something more inside than stereos and televisions.
Philadelphia police are investigating after multiple body parts were discovered at two crime scenes on Thursday. Investigators said the cases could be connected. Around 9 a.m. on the 1000 block of Sanibel Street in the city’s Somerton section, officers found a dismembered body in a trash bag in the back of a U-Haul van during a traffic stop.
The location of this homicide is less than two miles from my home.
On Thursday night, officers found more body parts, specifically a leg and a hand, in a dumpster behind a Wawa at Kelvin Street and Bustleton Avenue less than a third of a mile away from the first crime scene. Police said the body parts could belong to the same victim.
Police have not said if the body found in the U-Haul was positively identified as Peter Gerold. Sources, however, said investigators also found pieces of body parts in an unattached garage behind his home and it looks like someone tried to burn the body, too. (H/T – Mike AKA Proof)
The Somerton neighborhood has a very large Russian/Ukraine population. There has always been a mob presence in Northeast Philadelphia, and honestly, this seems like the case here. Philly usually uses handguns. Dismembering a body is not a weapon in our usual thug’s arsenal.