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Suspicious Death Probed in Westford

February 3, 2019
Police block off Providence Road in Westford, where a woman's body was reportedly found Saturday around midday. The death is considered suspicious. sun/alana melanson Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

WESTFORD -- Authorities are investigating what they are calling “a suspicious death” of a woman found outside a Providence Road home.

According to Middlesex District Attorney spokeswoman Meghan Kelly, Westford police responded to the area of 104 Providence Road about 11:40 a.m. Saturday for a report of a body located on the side of the road and found the body of an adult woman.

“This is being investigated as a suspicious death based on the location and that the female was not dressed in appropriate clothing for the cold temperatures,” Kelly said in a statement. “At this time we are actively investigating the circumstances of this death and a determination as to whether there has been any foul play has not been made at this time.”

She said a positive identification had not been made as of Saturday night. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

The dead-end portion of Providence Road at Drew Crossing was blocked off by police as of 12:45 p.m.

A young man who emerged from the blocked-off portion of the road shortly after 1 p.m. said a woman had been found in the snow and a member of his household had reported the emergency.

When asked whether the woman was alive, the young man, who declined to provide his name, said, “No, she was frozen.”

Other residents walking by the scene said they first saw police in the area between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., but did not know what had occurred.

Police left the scene of the gruesome discovery after the sun went down Saturday night. The area was quiet except for several members of the media who attempted to get the thoughts from people who live in the wooded rural neighborhood.

The neighbors expressed surprise about the discovery. A few said they spoke to police but did not have any answers for the questions asked.

Brothers Michael and Patrick Burns were driving to their home at on Providence Road when they stopped to talk.

“It’s a little weird,” Michael said. “We’re really not expecting it. We live right down the road, so it’s not something you normally see or expect.”

He described the area as a quiet and friendly neighborhood.

“It’s a sad situation,” Patrick added. “Right now it’s really early and everything, so it’s really mysterious. I hope everything gets figured out. Obviously, it’s a very tragic thing.”

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