PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police are asking for help solving a mystery.
A 42-year-old woman was found dead on the bloody back porch of a home in Larimer around 5:30 p.m. Friday, and police are calling the death suspicious. She has been identified as Melissa Manhart.
However, they don’t know how Manhart died and are waiting for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office to examine the body.
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In the meantime, they’re asking anyone who may be able to provide some answers to come forward.
Some people walking by the home on Paulsen Avenue made the discovery.
“We believe a resident in the neighborhood called in to 911 saying they spotted this female deceased on the back porch, and once our officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they confirmed that is what we have here,” said Pittsburgh Police spokesperson Sonya Toler.
They say there was blood on the porch, but no weapons found.
No one reported hearing a gunshot, and ShotSpotter technology in the area didn’t pick up any shots.
“This was not an overdose,” said Toler. “We have no concept right now as to how she became deceased.”
Police also don’t know how long she may have been on the porch.
According to the landlord, Manhart didn’t live in the multi-unit residence where she was found, but she came to visit her boyfriend. The landlord says police took the boyfriend in for questioning. The landlord has not seen the boyfriend since then.
Anyone with information on the case is being asked to call the Pittsburgh Police Violent Crime Unit at 412-323-7800.