Woman’s body found in duffel bag in North Philly

Philadelphia police say a woman found dead inside a duffel bag was a recent art school graduate looking for a place to live.


Homicide Capt. James Clark identified the victim as 23-year-old Laura Araujo, originally of New York.Her sport utility vehicle had been torched and abandoned miles away in South Philadelphia, Clarke said.


Police found many of the victim’s possessions strewn beside the duffel bag on a North Philadelphia street.

Araujo was about to start a new hotel job, police said. They hope to speak to her former roommates when they return from vacation.

Araujo recently earned a fashion degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Police believe she was killed four to eight hours before her body was found early Monday.

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