Press Release: August 1, 2010
Press Release: January 5, 2010
Lower Moreland Police and Montgomery County Detectives are investigating the homicide of an 86 year old resident of Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Lower Moreland Township Police Chief Peter C. Hasson announce an investigation into the homicide of Mary D. Pellegrino. Mary was an 86 year old resident of 2374 Pine Road, Huntingdon Valley.
Police received a call on Sunday, January 3, 2010 shortly after 1:00 PM for an "unresponsive subject" at the 2374 Pine Road residence. The call was made by a handyman that worked on Mrs. Pellegrino's house on Sundays. Police responded and soon after a joint investigation between Lower Moreland Police and the Montgorey County Detectives was initiated. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim did not die of natural causes.
On Monday, January 4, 2010, an autopsy of the victim was conducted by a Forensic Pathologist from the Montgomery County Coroner's Office and Mrs. Pellegrino's death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to her head.
Friends or acquaintances of Mrs. Pellegrino are requested to contact police. Police are seeking information about anyone who worked for Mrs. Pellegrino in the past. Anyone seeing anything suspicious in the area of the residence at 2374 Pine Road (near the itnersection of Red Lion and Pine Roads) between December 30, 2009 and January 3, 2010 or anyone with information concerning this homicide is asked to contact the Lower Moreland Township Police at 215-947-3132 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.
Approved for release by District Attorney Risa Ferman and Chief Peter C. Hasson.
UPDATE: January 12, 2010
Montgomery County Detectives and Lower Moreland Township Detectives are continuing the investigation of this homicide and conducting background information on the victim. Anyone with information concerning this homicide is asked to contact the Lower Moreland Police at 215-947-3132 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.
UPDATE: January 14, 2010
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the death of Mary Pellegrino. Click Here for full details.
Press Release: August 26, 2009
On March 15, 2009 the skeletal remains of an unidentified adult male were discovered along a wooded area near Pine Road and Red Lion Road in Lower Moreland Township. This wooded area is west of the Island Green Golf Course.
The remains were examined by the Montgomery County Coronor's Office and Forensic Anthropologist William Rodriguez of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. A facial reconstruction was completed by forensic artist Detective Evelyn Grant of the Baltimore County, MD Police Department. Click Here to view a photograph of the reconstruction.
The following observations and details are as follows:
- Race: Mixed-Race
- Sex: Male
- Age: 45 to 55 years of age
- Height: 5 feet 5 inches
- Approximate period of death: 12 to 18 months (September 2007 to March 2008)
- History of illegal drug use
- Medical Condition: Moderate scoliosis (curvature of spine), moderate arthritis on lumbar spine, fusing join on left side of pelvis, bone spurs on bottom of feet consistent with plantaritis.
- The spinal and pelvic issues would have caused great discomfort and this person should have displayed an uneven gait or limp and reduced flexibility.
- Grey US Polo Assn pleated/cuffed dress pants- men's size 32 waist, 28 length.
- Black Dexter dress shoes (approximate size 10).
- Brownish colored dress socks with black checkerboard pattern
- Hanes brief style men's underwear
- There was no shirt located on or near the remains
- Dental: Missing two molars. All other teeth present and in good condition. past dental work evident.
Anyone who can identify this person or is aware of a missing person similar to this description is asked to contact the Detective Division of the Lower Moreland Township Police Department at 215-947-3132.
Lead Investigator: Detective John Pasqueal
Supervisor: Detective Sergeant John MacDonald