BPD Reopens Cold Case From 1975, Seeks Help From Public

The body of 61-year-old Ruth Bayla Pearson was discovered just before 09:00 hours on August 23rd, 1975 by a passerby walking in the field. The Chief Medical Examiner had determined that the cause of her death was multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner was a homicide. Two weeks after this incident, Pearson’s 1972 red Camaro was located in, Orchard Park, a Public Housing Development, near the old Dearborn School.


Almost 50 years after the murder of Pearson, detectives from the Unsolved Homicide squad are requesting help from the public as they continue to investigate this case. Limited information was revealed to the public on the case but BPD mentioned that Pearson appeared younger than her years, often went by her middle name Bayla or Francesca, and was known to frequent bars and restaurants in the Copley Square area and the City of Cambridge.

While many unknowns are still prevalent, detectives are urging anyone with any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, to contact (617) 343-4470. Any insight into her whereabouts around the time and place of Pearson’s death can make a huge difference in the course of this decade’s long investigation.


Community members who wish to assist in this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-(800)-494-TIPS or 1-800-494-8477. You may also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous and is interested only in your information, not your identity.