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Sex in the Suburbs: The Death of Ashley Burg

Left in the Weeds

At 5:30 a.m., Kim Victorine called 911 to get help for Ashley. She gave the dispatcher the correct street address for David Downey's home, but the wrong town. An ambulance raced to Henry Drive in Lower Providence instead of Henry Drive in Limerick.

But by this time Ashley Burg dead or alive may have already been in the car with Christine Shute and Michael Tees. Shute later said that Ashley "stunk so badly," they had to cover her with a blanket to suppress the odor.

Shute and Tees drove around the area, searching for the hospital that had Downey had recommended, but when they couldn't find it, they gave up and headed back toward Philadelphia. It had been roughly five hours from the time they had arrived at Downey's house to pick up Ashley. The smell inside the car was nearly overpowering, heightening their fear that they would be caught with a dead body. Driving along Roosevelt Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in the Northeast section of the city, they spotted the elderly woman walking her dog on a side street, and they saw an opportunity. If they left Ashley's body in the woman's path, they figured she would discover it and call 911. They turned onto Old Red Lion Road and passed the woman and her dog. Pulling the car over to the side of the road, they quickly carried Ashley's body to the edge of the lot and left her in the weeds. Minutes later the elderly woman found the body, just as Shute and Tees had hoped.

Police investigate the area where Ashley was discovered
Police investigate the area where Ashley was discovered

Paramedics arrived shortly afterward, but it was too late. At 10:35 a.m., they pronounced Ashley Burg dead at the scene.


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