June 15, 2016
A woman's handcuffed body was found in a wooded area along the 5300 block of Georges Hill Drive in Fairmount Park near the Mann Center, Philadelphia police said Tuesday.
Late Tuesday, the woman was identified as Toy Charda Bryant, 26, of Chester, according to information released by police Wednesday morning. Bryant had been stabbed multiple times and shot in the back of the head.
At about 8:14 a.m. Tuesday, officers in the city's 19th Police District responded to a call after a passerby found the body of a black female, believed to be in her 20s, face down and handcuffed, according to officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
On Tuesday afternoon, Captain James Clark of the police's homicide unit unveiled more details of the crime, hoping the public can help identify the woman or her killer.
According to Clark, Bryant was found face down, about 10 feet off the roadway, with her hands handcuffed in front of her. She had been stabbed multiple times and was shot once in the head.
There was also evidence of defensive wounds, he said.
"I believe she was in a fight for her life," said the captain. "And, I believe, she lost."
Bryant likely was dead for about 10 to 15 hours before she was discovered, Clark said.
Police believe the woman's body was dumped in Fairmount Park after she had been murdered elsewhere.
Clark described Bryant as about 5-foot-7, with a thin build and a medium completion. She was wearing a white blouse and multi-colored skirt when her body was discovered.
Bryant had three distinctive tattoos that might help identify her: the word "Loyalty" written across her chest, the word cash (spelled "Ka$h") on her right wrist and a drawing of a rose is on her right thigh, Clark said.