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Person found dead inside apartment in downtown Reading

Published On: Jul 24 2013 04:34:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 02:55:44 PM EDT

Suspicious death under investigation in center city Reading


Reading police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found early Wednesday afternoon in center city.   

The victim, identified by the coroner on Thursday as Michael Medina, was found dead in an apartment at 352 Penn St.

An ambulance was sent to the address around 1 p.m. Wednesday. When paramedics went into the apartment, they found the man's body.


A woman who identified herself as the man's girlfriend was distraught.

"He just wanted to have a family with me and move out of the city because it's getting bad," she said.

Detectives said they are still in the early stages of the investigation. The city is already investigating three homicides so far this month. 

Chief William Heim said there is no ongoing threat, however, he said three homicide investigations in one month is unusual.   

The walkway to the apartments remained blocked all day as investigators and the coroner examined the scene.

Anyone with information about the man's death is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.