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Body found in woods identified as woman missing since May

July 18, 2019

PERU, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in a rural area of Massachusetts have been identified as a Florida woman who went missing from her sister’s nearby home in May.

The skeletal remains of 53-year-old Jacqueline Coutinho were found by loggers in a heavily wooded area of Peru on Tuesday morning.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed her identity Wednesday.

Coutinho disappeared from her sister’s Hinsdale home on May 15. Peru and Hinsdale are adjacent.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement Wednesday there’s no indication of foul play.

The cause of death is still being investigated.

Coutinho had been visiting her sister from Bunnell, Florida.

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