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Connie McClain-Murray: Jogger found dead in Philadelphia park

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Connie McClain-Murray, a female jogger, was found dead in a park in Philadelphia, Pa., on Tuesday by a passerby, according to CBS News. Police say the woman, who was known to jog in the area, was last seen by her husband and her daughter just before 9 p.m. on Monday, August 4. The victim's body was found by a passerby, who flagged down a bus driver, at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6.

Police investigators were notified of the dead body and descended upon the scene at Pennypack Park located near the Holme Crispin Rec Center and the Crispin Cemetery. When investigators arrived at the crime scene located between Holme and Convent avenues. They found the body of a white female, who appeared to be in her 40's. The woman had only one fully developed arm and appeared to have died by strangulation. Details provided at the scene indicated that the woman was caught by surprise and a struggle ensued.

The woman was identified as Connie McClain-Murray. Family members had already notified police by the time police found the body. When Connie McClain-Murray's husband and daughter went out to look for her around midnight and were unable to find her, they contacted police and filed a missing person's report around 1:30 a.m., according to ABC-6 Action News.

Police are calling the death suspicious but will most likely rule it a homicide, pending autopsy confirmation. Connie McClain-Murray was a member of the Winchester Swim Club and the Crispin Gardens Athletic Club. She leaves behind a husband and children.

Pennypack Municipal Park was established in 1905 in Northeast Philadelphia.The park includes hiking and biking trails. The lush gardens make it a main attraction for joggers, runners and walkers. However, it is advised to take precaution when jogging in any park at night. Nighttime jogging can be attractive for individuals who like a non-busy time to jog. But this carries many dangerous risks.

A couple of safety rules for the nighttime jogger: have at least one other person with you just for safety reasons, always carry your identification and jog in a visible area with adequate lighting. Also, a jogger should never run the same route daily, according to About.com's running guide.