Thursday, September 26, 2013

Authorities ID Woman Found Shot to Death in Pickup Truck

By Christina Georgiou

Amanda Stratford, 28, listed on
her Facebook page as having worked
as a bartender and originally from the
Wilkes-Barre area, was named by authorities
Thursday afternoon as being the woman
who was found dead of gunshot wounds
in a green pickup truck in Easton's
West Ward late Sunday night.
Facebook photo
Authorities say the victim found shot to death in the driver's seat of a green Dodge pickup truck on the 100 block of South Peach St. late Sunday night was 28-year-old Amanda Stratford, who had no known address.

Stratford was also known in the Lehigh Valley area by her street name, "Money", said Easton Police Detective Matt Gerould.

"We believe she was involved in the drug trade," he said, but police aren't saying whether they believe her alleged illegal activities led to her murder.

"We're not going to discuss motive at this point," he said.

Stratford was shot multiple times authorities say, and Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek has ruled her death a homicide as a result of gunshot wounds.

Police still declined to say Thursday where Stratford was shot or name the number of times.

"The investigation is still ongoing," Gerould said.

Easton Police scour the scene of the homicide of
Amanda Stratford early Monday morning. Stratford was
found shot to death in the driver's seat of a green Dodge
pickup truck in the 100 block of the South Peach Street
alley in the city's West Ward late Sunday night.
Stratford's death does not appear to be related to two stabbing incidents that have taken place recently nearby, Gerould said.

"We never rule anything out, but it doesn't appear (that the crimes connected)," he said.

He added that some people who knew Stratford might only have known her by her street name, and that he hopes the release of that information might lead to tips police can use to find her killer.

Easton Police are asking anyone with information about Stratford's death to call 610-759-2200, 610-250-6656 or the Easton Police tip line at 610-250-6635. Callers may remain anonymous.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. to add a photo.

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