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Updated: Owner of 3 Jewelry Stores Found Slain in New Orleans; Suspect Arrested

His death is being investigated as a homicide.

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The owner of Murphy Jewelers, which has three stores in eastern Pennsylvania, has been found dead in New Orleans.

The body of Patrick Murphy, 62, was found Thursday in a hotel room near the French Quarter, the Morning Call reports.

And a suspect is now in custody, WFMZ-TV reports.

He was the victim of “sharp force injuries,” according to the New Orleans Coroner’s Office. Police say it’s a “homicide by cutting.”

An arrest warrant was been obtained for Megan Hall, 25, on a charge of second-degree murder. Police haven’t said whether Murphy and Hall knew each other or what may have led to the killing, WNEP-TP reports.

And WFMZ now reports that Hall has turned herself into authorities.

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The Morning Call reports that Murphy was, according to friends, traveling with his wife, Kim.

Murphy Jewelers has locations in Pottsville, Hamburg and Saucon Valley, PA.

The stores were all closed on Friday, the Morning Call reports.

“He was a good man, a good father, a good husband. It’s just such a tragedy,” Robert Carl, CEO of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, was quoted saying. “It’s hard to believe and hard to accept he’s gone.”

Murphy Jewelers was honored in our 2005 America’s Coolest Stores contest.

Read more at the Morning Call

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