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Mother and daughter found stabbed to death in Northeast Philadelphia basement, police say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two women, who appear to be mother and daughter, were found stabbed to death in the basement of a home in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police responded to the Northeast Philadelphia home in the 6000 block of Bingham Street shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Investigators said they found two women, one 75 years old and the other 58, both suffering from multiple stab wounds in the basement of the home. Philadelphia Police Department Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore said the 75-year-old woman appears to be the mother of the 58-year-old man.

Emergency crews pronounced both women dead at 1:45 p.m.

Police have yet to identify a motive or make an arrest.

Vanore said they are in the early stages of the investigation and interviewing neighbors and family members. The stabbing does not appear to be a home invasion, she added.

Vanore said a neighbor let an officer into the home. The doors were closed when the police arrived, he added.

Jack Burkhart, a neighbor, said the women were “just very nice people.” He said he spoke to the mother just a day before.

“Just to say hello,” he said. “I had been wondering how my wife was doing and (it’s) hard to believe because they were such good neighbors.”

The Philadelphia Police Department’s homicide unit is actively investigating the incident. Police were seen towing two Volvo SUVs and talking to neighbors on Tuesday night.

Vanore said police plan to use video from homes on Bingham Street as part of their investigation.