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DA: Autopsy Shows North Adams Woman was Victim of Homicide

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WGGB) — An autopsy has confirmed that an woman found dead in her Berkshire County home was a victim of a homicide.

Fred Lantz, spokesperson for Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless, explains that while the preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Thursday on 84-year-old Ellen Depaoli indicate that she was victim of a homicide, specific details about the autopsy are not currently being released, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police were called to Depaoli’s Walker Street home around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday after someone called 911 reporting a death. When they arrived, officers found Depaoli deceased at the home.

Capeless adds in a statement, “This is a very active, ongoing police investigation. Anytime one or our citizens, particularly one of our seniors, is killed, there is cause for concern along with grief. However, based upon the information that investigators have developed, we consider this to be an isolated incident and North Adams residents should not be unduly alarmed.”

Investigators are also currently looking for Depaoli’s car, which is missing from the home. That car is described as a blue 2005 Ford Taurus with the Massachusetts license plate 88ZA27.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the North Adams Police Department at (413) 664-4944.


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