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Woman found burning in Massachusetts from New Jersey

November 9, 2015

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — The woman found dead and burning near railroad tracks in Massachusetts last week has been identified by authorities as a New Jersey woman.

A spokeswoman for the Plymouth district attorney’s office says the woman found late Tuesday night in Bridgewater has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Bortner. Bridgewater is about 25 miles south of Boston.

District Attorney Timothy Cruz said it appears Bortner was targeted and her death was not a random attack.

She was found with her hands tied behind her back and to her feet. Police discovered the body down an embankment in a relatively secluded area after responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle.

The death remains under investigation.

Family members say although from Paulsboro, New Jersey, Bortner had been living in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

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