Pennypack Creek

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio

Body of woman swept away by Pennypack Creek found

Woman and boyfriend were toppled into water; boyfriend was able to get out

June 03, 2018 - 8:58 am

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police and rescue crews discovered the body of a 30-year-old woman Sunday morning who was swept away by the Pennypack Creek Saturday night. 

The Philadelphia Police Marine Unit combed the murky waterway before discovering a female's body near debris and brush along the creek's edge.

The body was discovered around 10 a.m. Sunday upstream from Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg.

Police said it matches the description of the 30-year-old who fell into the creek around 6 p.m. Saturday evening. 

Authorities said a man frantically called 911 after his girlfriend fell into the creek. Sources said the pair were amateur photographers on a photoshoot near Sandyford and Ryan avenues when they both tripped and toppled into the water. The boyfriend was able to get out and call 911, but the woman drifted away.

The missing woman has not been identified. Crews found lighting and camera equipment in the same area.

Pennypack Creek
Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio

Investigators said the waterway is known to flood quickly and can be dangerous even though it looks serene.

Local residents warned of the dangers of the creek to CBS 3.

"This creek takes lives every year. You hear kids going down there drowning — every year you hear it," said one man.

"That current was taking me and there was no bottom," recalled another resident, who had a close call with the creek. "And, thank God, I got to the deck where I pulled myself out, but that's something I would never, ever, ever want to do again."


Tim Jimenez and Kristen Johanson contributed to this report.