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Philly task force to probe basement captive case

Philadelphia police create task force to investigate case of 4 adults found in foul basement By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' Philadelphia police are forming a task force to look into the case of four mentally disabled adults who were locked in a basement in a suspected scheme to wrest control of their Social Security benefits.

Detectives found dozens of identification cards, power-of-attorney forms and other documents. Officer Jillian Russell says that a task force has been formed and that authorities are trying to find as many as 50 more possible victims.

Linda Ann Weston was charged Monday with kidnapping, false imprisonment and other offenses after her landlord stumbled upon the four malnourished adults in a dank boiler room Saturday.

Weston's bail was set at $2.5 million. Also charged were 50-year-old Eddie Wright and 47-year-old Gregory Thomas.

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