A small community is shocked after a long time resident was found murdered in her home. Our Madeleine Rivera has the latest.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- For more than 16 hours, state and local police have been busy at 409 Walker Street. Police walking in and out of the house with bags of evidence, ATVs and K-9 units sent to the scene. But they're tight lipped about the investigation. North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright also had very little to say.
"I cannot comment on this. All information should come from the District Attorney's office," Alcombright said.
Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, local police received a call about a death at 409 Walker. By the time, they arrived at the scene, they found Ellen DiPaoli, 84, dead inside the house. Police now calling this a homicide, but they are not saying how she died.
"Very little bit said. No one's saying who done it. And now this. And there's choppers. It's nuts," neighbor Ron Bissaillon said.
Bissaillon is a neighbor. He says DiPaoli has lived at her home on Walker Street for more than 20 years. He describes her as a well known figure in the neighborhood, someone who was full of life.
"Walks every day. She's active. She walks by every day. She waves," Bissaillon said.
Neighbors say DiPaoli lived with her son.
"He's a good guy. Quiet. Keeps to himself. Drinks a little beer."
Police do not have anyone in custody and have not identified any suspects. For now, residents have no choice but to wait for the police to unfold more info.
"We all know each other up here. And everybody's got the same response. They're not telling us nothing," Bissaillon said.