Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Pottsville Police File Charges for City Homicide

Pottsville Police for File Charges for City Homicide

The Pottsville Police Department have made an arrest in the murder investigation of a woman last week.

According to Pottsville Police, on Tuesday February 21, 2023, the Pottsville Bureau of Police received approval from the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office, to arrest Jared Rahim Abdul-Ali, age 22, for the Murder of 22-year-old Destiny Duckett. 

Duckett was found deceased inside her Market Square Apartment on Monday morning, February 13. 

An autopsy was conducted the following morning by Dr. Wayne Ross, of the Dauphin County Coroner's Office, which revealed Duckett's cause of death was strangulation, and Dr. Ross ruled the manner of death as a homicide. 

The arrest was the result of the investigation by members of the Pottsville Bureau of Police, with assistance from the Forensic Services Unit of The Pennsylvania State Police, the Schuylkill County Coroner's Office, and The Dauphin County Coroner's Office. 

Scene and autopsy evidence, surveillance video, and witness and neighbor accounts were all used and culminated in the confession provided to the detectives by Abdul-Ali during his interviews. 

Abdul-Ali was being held in Schuylkill County Prison on other charges when he provided specific details about the homicide investigation that corroborated the findings of Dr. Ross, as well as other evidence that was not made available to the public. 

Jared Rahim Abdul-Ali, who is homeless, was charged with Murder in the 3rd degree, Aggravated Assault, Strangulation, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 

Abdul-Ali was remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison, and he is being held without bail. 

The Pottsville Bureau of Police thanks the local businesses, homeowners, witnesses and neighbors who assisted with this investigation.