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Cops: IDs, papers found after 4 locked in basement
Police: IDs, power of attorney papers found after 4 disabled victims rescued in Philadelphia
By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' Police say they've recovered as many as 50 forms of identification and power of attorney documents that point to a wide-ranging fraud scheme after four mentally disabled adults were found locked in a Philadelphia basement.

Lt. Raymond Evers says police have confirmed the identities of three victims but are searching for the family of a fourth. Evers identified him as 40-year-old Herbert Knowles and says he may be from Virginia.

The victims appeared malnourished after being found in a sub-basement by the building's landlord on Saturday. One man was chained to the boiler.



Evers says investigators don't believe there was a blood relationship between the victims and their captors. He says suspect Linda Ann Weston may have met one of the victims on an online dating site.


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