KINGSTON — A woman’s body was found covered with a blanket in a vehicle at the rear of a borough home Saturday morning and one man was taken into custody inside the residence, authorities report.
The dead woman was identified as Linda I. Frick, 56, according to a press release sent late Saturday by Kingston police.
Dana Ganjeh, who police encountered on the first floor of 71 Price St., was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and simple assault, the release noted.
Ganjeh, 39, lived at the home where he was arrested, according to police.
They did not release any other details about the alleged assault.
Meanwhile, Luzerne County deputy coroner Dan Hughes said he is calling the woman’s death suspicious until an autopsy scheduled for Monday.
“The Kingston Police received a call at 6:30 a.m. that there was suspicious activity and a suspicious body at 71 Price Street,” said Kingston Police Chief Michael Krzywicki earlier Saturday. “At this time, everything is still under investigation between the Kingston Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s office.”
Neighbors said the street was first blocked off by police between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. By about 1 p.m., crime scene tape still surrounded the front of the home but was removed from the backyard of the property.
In addition, a white vehicle that seemed to draw police attention was towed by early afternoon as authorities waited for a search warrant to be approved.
Later in the afternoon, they secured the warrant and searched the Price Street property.
Along with police officials, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis was at the scene. She offered few details on what happened.
“We are here to assist the police department with their investigation,” she said. “We have a prosecutor on scene as well as myself.”
Neighbors said they’ve noticed a lot of recent activity on the block where the death occurred.
“The neighborhood has changed dramatically,” said Dave Luff, a 42-year Kingston resident. “Especially in the past few months, people have been coming and going.”
Another Price Street resident noted: “Sadly, we don’t know who is who and who lives where.”
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