Authorities not releasing name of deceased female

  • A woman’s body was found near the entrance to the Athol Wastewater Treatment Plant on Jones Street early Monday morning. Staff Photo/Deborrah Porter

Staff Report
Published: 11/12/2019 11:27:04 PM

ATHOL — Authorities are not releasing the name of a woman in her 20s found dead near the Athol Wastewater Treatment Plant early Monday morning, but say the incident is criminal in nature.

The Athol Police Department and State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office have launched a joint investigation.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, said Tuesday night following reports by another news outlet that released a name, age and other details, “Due to the early and active nature of the investigation, we are unable to release the victim’s identity at this time.”

Athol Police Chief Craig Lundgren was unavailable for comment throughout the day Tuesday, and calls seeking information about the case were not returned.

The woman’s body was found early Monday morning near the entrance to the Athol Wastewater Treatment Plant on Jones Street. The plant is surrounded by woods near a densely populated area. Access to the plant is blocked by a chain-link fence and was padlocked closed on Monday, a holiday.

At 4:58 a.m. Monday, Athol Police responded to an area on Jones Street after a party reported to the police that multiple individuals were sleeping in the tall grass with a vehicle parked nearby. The individuals were gone when police arrived. It has not been confirmed whether this tip led to the discovery of the body.

The Athol Fire Department was called to Jones Street at around 7 a.m. with the Engine 4 pumper to assist police, and returned at 1:49 p.m. with its Special Ops SPS pumper (Engine 2). The SPS pumper is used for incidents that involve a high possibility of hazards for car or other accidents, rescues, extractions and ice rescues, according to the fire department.

The police also received a call at 1:15 p.m. from a party reporting a person was “saying suspicious things on his cellphone” and seen walking toward the former Athol Table Shop (Soucie’s Millroom) on Harrison Street wearing a red Patriots jacket and hat. That reporting party was advised to stay away from the scene. Harrison Street connects with Jones Street.

An official cause of death will be determined by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.




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