Police responding to a 911 call about a foul odor on a North Philadelphia block opened a garage there to find three decomposing bodies Tuesday morning.
Approached by reporters as she walked to her car to retrieve papers Tuesday afternoon, Powell declined comment. She sat on a stoop next to the garage as a van wheeled up to the curb to collect the bodies.
The odor on the block was palpable as detectives from the Central division blocked off the street, and neighbors gathered to watch the activity.
Police said the identities of the bodies were not yet known. A law enforcement source said police were investigating abuse of a corpse allegations, and said it appeared the bodies had been left in the garage.
Neighbors said Powell and her mother had run a neighborhood funeral home for years, and had buried many of their relatives. They said they were shocked by the discovery, and described her as a "good woman" who helped those who could not pay for funeral services.