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Court paperwork details search of apartment in Reading

Building remained a crime scene Thursday morning

READING, Pa. - Court paperwork obtained by 69 News is shedding some light on the mystery surrounding an apparent criminal investigation in Reading.

That investigation appears to be focused on a first-floor apartment inside 800 Franklin Street, a three-story brick building that has been swarming with detectives and surrounded by crime scene tape since early Wednesday morning.

Reading police Ofc. Brian Errington reported in an affidavit of probable cause that he prepared a warrant on Tuesday to search the apartment for the bodies of a man and two women, identified only as John Doe #1, Jane Doe #1, and Jane Doe #2.

Senior Magisterial District Judge Nicholas Bentz signed the warrant, allowing the search to be conducted Wednesday by members of the RPD patrol, vice, and K9 units, and Berks County detectives.

After several unanswered knocks on the apartment door, officers forced their way inside and found a man, identified as Christopher Morales-Feliciano, in a rear room, according to the court documents.

Morales-Feliciano, 20, was taken into custody and arraigned late Wednesday night on a pair of felony drug charges and three misdemeanors. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $200,000 bail.

The subsequent search didn't turn up any bodies, but police said they did find 41 small baggies of powder cocaine, 25 small baggies of crack cocaine, 49 small baggies of heroin, more than $1,200 in cash, and two loaded handguns.

As the day went on and the investigation continued, Berks County District Attorney John Adams and his chief detective, Mike Gombar, responded to the scene, their presence seeming to indicate that the case involves more than drugs.

Curious onlookers also gathered on all sides of the busy intersection, with two high-rise apartment buildings across the street and the BARTA Transportation Center on the northwest corner. Rumors ran rampant around the neighborhood and on social media about what was going on.

The Berks County coroner's office later called 69 News to say that it had fielded dozens of phone calls about the case and to stress that its investigators were not involved.

The on-scene investigation showed no signs of slowing down as darkness fell on the city. At one point, a tow truck rolled in to haul away a car that had earlier been covered by a plastic tarp.

As for the bodies being sought, police and the district attorney have declined to comment.

This is the second significant investigation involving the county's district attorney and his detectives this week. They are still working a homicide case involving 23-year-old Madison Marie Walb, whose body was found in Lower Heidelberg Township on Sunday.


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