Well known Pottsville businessman Pat Murphy has been murdered this morning in New Orleans.
Police in New Orleans are confirming that the identity of a man found stabbed to death in a room at the Treme hotel in New Orleans is that of Patrick J. Murphy, Pottsville.
Murphy is best known as the owner of Murphy Jeweler’s. For decades, his business has been a bright fixture in downtown Pottsville. He also owns the store near the Cabela’s store in Tilden Township, Berks County.
According to reports, New Orleans Police Dept. say a fatal stabbing happened at the Empress Hotel in the Treme section of New Orleans.
They released this tweet today seeking a person of interest in the homicide case:
Megan Hall is sought for questioning only and is considered a person of interest in the investigation of a homicide that occurred today in the 1300 block of Ursulines. Call #NOPD at 504-658-5300 if you know where Hall can be found. https://t.co/2DnYNhRsr5 pic.twitter.com/WNJlEXsWIH
— NOPD (@NOPDNews) March 1, 2019
“Megan Hall is sought for questioning only and is considered a person of interest in the investigation of a homicide that occurred today in the 1300 block of Ursulines. Call #NOPD at 504-658-5300 if you know where Hall can be found,” the police say.
Police now believe that Hall is more than a person of interest and actually committed the homicide.
“Just before noon, NOPD First District officers responded to a call of an unclassified death at the location. Upon arrival, officers learned that staff at the location discovered an unknown white male subject lying in a bed and unresponsive. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Upon further investigation, the incident was reclassified as a homicide by cutting,” police say.
According to a CBS News affiliate in New Orleans, the victim of the crime is described as a “man apparently in his 50s from Philadelphia”.
Hall and the man believed to be Murphy checked in to the hotel at 2:15 a.m. Surveillance footage from the hotel shows them smoking outside. Hall left the hotel alone at 3:42 a.m. Thursday. Guests told local reporters they heard “tussling” at around 3 a.m.
Here you can see screen grabs from the local news report. Police are seen taking bags of evidence away from the hotel.
(UPDATE: March 1, 12:53 a.m.)