LOWELL -- Police say they are actively investigating a suspicious death which occurred in the Pawtucketville neighborhood early Sunday morning on Easter.
Police Superintendent William Taylor said the death of a woman in her 50s is being investigated in conjunction with the Middlesex County District Attorney's office and Massachusetts State Police as well as the state medical examiner's office. MaryBeth Long, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, confirmed her office is involved in an investigation on Sparks Street, and neighbors confirmed police were at the home at 189 Sparks St. Sunday morning.
Taylor said at about 2 a.m., police were called to a home in Pawtucketville for medical assistance. Officers then found a deceased woman, who remains unidentified at this time. He said there were no further details he could provide.
The house at 189 Sparks St. in the Pawtucketville neighborhood of Lowell is listed as belonging to Elaine M. McDermott, along with the home next door at 185 Sparks St. Residents at 185 Sparks St. declined comment and neighbors identified the senior citizen living in that home as McDermott's father.
Paul Smith, who has rented a home across from 189 Sparks St. for the last year, said he recalled a married couple living in that home with three daughters. He looked out onto the family's property, where an above ground pool was kept in the backyard and a floral wreath hung on the front door.
Smith said he spotted several police cruisers crowding his street Sunday morning and officials were searching the yard at 189 Sparks St. for much of Sunday morning. Detectives also came to ask him a few questions around 10:30 a.m. Smith said after that, he saw officials carrying away a large bag he described as a body bag.
"Can you imagine something like that happening?" he said.
Smith added he felt badly for the family members at the home next door at 185 Sparks.
"Imagine the stress they're under, having to deal with this on Easter," he said.
A woman who lives a little farther down on Sparks Street, who declined to identify herself, said she has lived in the quiet neighborhood for the last 52 years. She said it's always been a pleasant and safe community where neighbors know one another.
"We look out for one another," she said. "It's sad."
The resident said she was out walking her poodle, Pepe, around 6 a.m. and she spotted two or three police cruisers at the home. A few hours later, she said there were seven or eight police and town vehicles.
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