Parents Found Dead in River, 5-Year-Old Left in Car Nearby

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
July 5, 2019 Updated: July 5, 2019

Authorities pulled the bodies of a couple out from the Delaware River in Pennsylvania on the morning of July 4 while their 5-year-old daughter was found waiting for the father in a car near the scene.

At about 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, police found the body of a woman who appeared to be about 30 years old in the river near the 700 block of Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, reported ABC6.

ABC13 reported that she was declared dead sometime later.

Near the scene, police saw an abandoned Nissan SUV. A 5-year-old girl was sitting alone in the car, who told police she was with her father, according to ABC6. A child’s pink bike could be seen lying in the rear of the vehicle.

The police began to search for the father around the car but couldn’t immediately find him. At about 10:30 a.m. police found the body of a man in the river near Lombard Circle and Columbus Boulevard, reported CBS Local.

Marines declared him dead after he was pulled out of the water.

As a precautionary measure, the child was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is now with family. The police confirmed that the dead man and the woman were the child’s parents.

The woman was identified as Anjania Patterson, 28, and the man as Tim Siler, 39.

The police initially believed that the man and the woman were married, but family said they were not. They also revealed the couple had an abusive relationship, with many registered incidents of domestic violence, according to ABC6.

“I never saw something like that in my life,” Brian Coffield, a witness told CBS Local. “Not like that. I feel bad for the child growing up having to know about it, hear about it.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Patterson lived with her daughter on Roosevelt Boulevard, whereas Siler lived in the 4800 block of Rosalie Street in Wissinoming.

One of Siler’s neighbor told CBS Local that the couple kept to themselves. “They didn’t barely speak to anyone on the block but they weren’t mean,” he said.

In another incident that happened in Delaware River on Thursday, a fisherman found a human leg in Philadelphia’s Fishtown section.

The police said the discovery was made by a 27-year-old fisherman near Graffiti Pier, reported the ABC6 Action News.

A part of the right leg was still attached to the sneaker when discovered, and the police are searching the location for other body parts. The investigation is ongoing and no further details, including the identity of the victim, has been revealed.

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