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Police: Woman killed roommate, left body under Christmas presents

YORK, SC (WBTV/WTEV) - A York County woman reportedly confessed to murdering a 67-year-old woman in Florida and leaving her body under a pile of Christmas presents.

According to York Police Chief Andy Robinson, officers were called by police in Jacksonville, Florida saying 40-year-old Patty White, of Wilson Avenue, was suspected in murdering a woman.

WTEV-News, a CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, reports that White is accused of murdering 67-year-old Michele O'Dowd in her home. Investigators say O'Dowd's twin brother discovered his sister's body on Friday underneath a pile of Christmas presents she had wrapped for family members.

"There is nothing worse than when you walk inside and find your own sister brutally murdered over a stupid debit card," her brother told WTEV in tears. 

Jacksonville police say after the murder, White stole two of O'Dowd's charge cards and made rounds at two Florida ATM's trying to get cash.

Police say White was a family friend of O'Dowd and stayed with her when she fell on hard times.

According to Chief Robinson, York Police officers pulled over a car that White was riding in on Saturday afternoon around 3:40 p.m.  According to the police report, White's mother was driving her when deputies stopped them on East Liberty Street near College Street.

White agreed to come to the police station to speak with Jacksonville detectives, Chief Robinson told WBTV.

Chief Robinson said during the interview with detectives White confessed to the murder of O'Dowd.

A Fugitive from Justice warrant was obtained by York Police and White is being held at the York County Detention Center to await extradition back to Florida.

Copyright 2011 WBTV. WTEV-News contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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