As part of a grisly and harrowing discovery this weekend, Crystal Goodwin’s body was found naked, bloody, and physically maimed near a shopping mall in Philadelphia this weekend. Goodwin, a mom who had recently been released from prison for various crimes, was said to have vanished only a day after she was liberated from a brief jail sentence. Philly News reports this Monday, November 24, 2014, that Goodwin’s family is convinced of her homicide, or at least foul play involved, and is understandably devastated at her death.
Missing mom Crystal Goodwin’s body was found within walking distance from a local mall by a man who immediately reported the gruesome sight to local police officers this past Sunday afternoon. She was said to be naked and bloody at the time of her discovery. Many details about the investigation are still under wraps, but it is known that the young mother had vanished earlier this weekend and had a number of serious crimes on her record. This criminal history included drug possession and theft, while her family said she has struggled with alcohol addiction in the past as well.
Based on her body’s state, her family is convinced it was a homicide. It appears that the woman’s body was found sometime after 1:45 p.m.; relatives of the victim were immediately called to identify the corpse. For their part, Goodwin’s family is under the impression that foul play was involved in the victim’s death. The man who first came across the naked figure said she was lying in a large bed of weeds on the mall’s outskirts. A serious wound to her rib cage was cited, something akin to a laceration, but what specific type of injury or how she incurred it has not been revealed yet.
A specific cause of death has not been determined yet via the medical examiner. Emergency medical officials who rushed to the scene confirmed the Crystal Goodwin was dead upon their arrival, adds the Inquisitr News. A nearby proprietor was said to be stunned and horrified at the loss of the mother. Simply knowing that a woman’s body was found naked and bloody near her place of work was devastating.
“As a parent and as a human being it’s senseless. It’s just horrifying,” shared Carol Lanni to a Philadelphia news source. Lanni is the creator of Taking Our South Philly Streets Back. Other community members were said to be equally horrified at the apparent death — or as some are speculating, crime.
The source site says there are few leads at this point in time regarding the missing mom’s disappearance after her release from prison. An update on the “Crystal Goodwin body found naked” story shared that the family of the vanished Philadelphia mom now wants answers. Regardless of her past crimes or drug problems, there is no excuse as to what happened to their loved one. They assert she was killed as a victim “to a bloody … murder.” Readers may be further saddened to hear that Goodwin’s family was said to be visiting the mall the very same day the woman’s body was recovered in order to get an early start on Thanksgiving.
A ribcage laceration was cited upon her finding, but no apparent injuries or potential COD’s have been made public yet. Philadelphia police are still investigating. As of Monday evening, they have not yet decided that Crystal Goodwin’s tragic death was indeed a homicide, and are trying to compose a timeline of events leading up to the mom’s sudden disappearance. The family figures who identified the mom’s body were said to have used old photos and knowledge of her tattoos to verify it was her.
Crystal Goodwin’s mother was horrified upon confirming the bloody body’s identity. “Is it a girl? Is it a girl? Is it my daughter? No, no, don’t tell,” Goodwin’s mother allegedly a few hours after the mall crime scene had been shared with the relatives. More details surrounding this case are expected as police continue to examine the evidence collected so far. Crystal was said by her family to be a “good person” who had struggled with crime and drug problems for much of her life, but certainly didn’t deserve this.