Female Body Found in Codman Burying Ground on Halloween Night Still Remains Unidentified

At approximately 18:20 hours on Halloween, Boston EMTs, Boston Firefighters, and Boston Police officers assigned to District B-3 responded to a 911 call reporting that a body had been found in a cemetery in the area of Norfolk Street. The call came from a group of trick-or-treaters who were using the cemetery as a shortcut when the stumbled upon the fresh corpse among the buried.

The victim was located on a hill in the middle of the cemetery. First responders arrived and confirmed that the female, who is described as being in her late teens or early twenties, was deceased. A firearm and ballistic evidence was recovered on scene as well.

The trick-or-treaters who found the body also alerted police to the fact they had actually touched some of the evidence. The children explained to investigators that they actually had picked up the firearm believing it was a toy and fired at least one round. They were interviewed, identified and released. It is unlikely that they will face charges.

The patrol supervisor on the scene quickly made full notifications due to the incident’s serious nature. Boston Detectives from the Homicide Unit, Crime Scene Response Unit, Command Staff and DA’s Office all responded.

The preliminary investigation points to a tragic Halloween suicide however that has not been officially confirmed. Even more tragic, is that the Boston Police announced last night that they have yet to have been able to identify the victim. Investigators described the female as a white hispanic female, believed to be in her early twenties, 5’3”, approximately 150 lbs. with short brown hair. She was wearing a green jacket with white stripes down the sleeves, a gray hooded sweatshirt with the initials USMC on the front, black sweatpants and red Nike slide on sneakers.

To this point, the Boston Police Department has not been able to ascertain the identity of this individual and is asking the public for assistance in their ongoing efforts to identify her. Anyone with information is asked to contact BPD Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.