Two men dead after being bound, stabbed and dumped in river, while a third escapes

The bodies of two men who had been bound and stabbed and weighed down were pulled from the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia Wednesday morning. (Photo: Courtesy of WPVI/ABC News)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP/ABC NEWS) - The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape and stabbed numerous times have been recovered from a river in Philadelphia after a third man managed to escape and alert police.

The two bodies were located in the river early Wednesday after police came upon the third man walking along the road who told them he managed to get out of the Schuylkill River after also being bound and stabbed. The 20-year-old is reported in stable condition.

Police say they do not yet know the identities of the two dead men.

The survivor told authorities he was taken off the street by four or five men early this morning and thrown into the back of a van, police said.

He was then stabbed about nine times, in the torso and legs, and robbed, Philadelphia police said, and his hands were tied behind his back with duct tape and his ankles were bound.

Duct tape was also placed over his mouth, and once in the van, he realized there were two other people in the van who had also been bound, police said.

All three were taken to the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, where they were thrown into the water, police said, noting that the two other people were tethered to some kind of weight and drowned in five to ten feet of water. A roofing cement bucket was seen pulled from the water during the recovery.

The 20-year-old survivor was able to get out of the water, even though his legs and arms were still partially bound, and made it to a nearby road where he screamed at passing cars, triggering some drivers to call 911, police said.

The bodies were found just before 4 a.m., police said.

The victim told police he did not know the other two people in the van, nor did he know his kidnappers. The man is in stable condition at Hahnemann hospital, police said.

Police declined to give the location where the man was abducted, but noted there are security cameras in the area and that they hope the abduction was captured on video.

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