Woman's body found under Christmas presents; Ex-roommate arrested

Jacksonville police say woman beaten, strangled

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YORK, S.C. - A woman has been arrested in the death of a another woman whose body was found under some Christmas presents inside her Jacksonville apartment.

Patty Michelle White, 40, of York, has been charged as a fugitive from justice after police in Jacksonville called to say they thought White was in South Carolina.

Police say 67-year-old Michele O'Dowd, of Jacksonville, was found dead under some Christmas presents in her apartment Friday after she failed to show up for work. Investigators say O'Dowd had been beaten and strangled.

Police say O'Dowd's bank card had been taken and used several times.
Investigators say the women had lived together in Jacksonville until recently.
York Chief Andy Robinson says White was picked up Saturday afternoon and is awaiting extradition to Florida.

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