October 23rd, 2011
03:35 AM ET

Family seeks answers in death of woman with ties to Philadelphia suspect

The family of a woman who died three years ago wants to know whether she is the victim of a suspect accused of locking up four people  in a Philadelphia basement.
Maxine Lee, 39,  died in 2008 in Norfolk, Virginia.
She was a roommate of Linda Weston, the accused ringleader of a group charged with locking up four mentally disabled adults in an apartment's boiler room.
"I want police to re-open this. I do," her sister, Tracey Lee, told CNN.  Lee said her family believes she died under suspicious circumstances.
The suspects are charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, criminal trespass, and conspiracy. The alleged victims were discovered severely malnourished, without food, and left with buckets to go to the bathroom. A landlord discovered them and called police.
Maxine Lee died after disappearing several years earlier. She had last worked as a security guard after jobs with the post office and the IRS, her family told CNN.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Philip

    Have I told anyone my weewee is receeding into my abdomen? Now I can fit into my skinny jeans!

    October 23, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( kindergarden teacher )

    was this lady that died also retarded?... it would explain why she worked at the post office and i always get the neigboors mail...

    October 23, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    I pray chrissy is all right.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Me, too, s kel.

    I said that there would be victims that have died at the hands of these people...
    I think they have been killing people for years.

    October 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer )

    i'd like to go up there and find the people that locked up the retards and beat them so hard they became retarded , then lock them in the basment with a bucket...

    October 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |