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Elderly Couple Found Dead Inside Their Strawberry Mansion Home

By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Authorities are investigating the cause of death of an elderly couple whose bodies were discovered inside their Strawberry Mansion home early Thursday morning.

Police say the only daughter of the couple found them dead in the living room of their row home in the 2500 block of North Spangler Street shortly before 1 a.m. Neighbors who heard her screams called 9-1-1.

Firefighters also responding to the call vented the home, suspecting carbon monoxide, but instruments detected no levels of the deadly gas.

Investigators say they were no signs of forced entry into the home and no visible injuries to either the man or the woman.

Family members identified the couple as Rufus and Algladys Perry.

Their grandson is Donald Carlton, deputy director of the Philadelphia Streets Department. He spoke about his grandmother.

"She was the matriarch of the family. She was the oldest of the entire family, the family of 12."

The medical examiner's office is conducting autopsies.


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