By Dave Rogers
---- — SALISBURY — Three law enforcement officials confirmed that Friday's search of a murder suspect's Liberty Street residence is related to the recent gruesome discovery of burned body parts in Boston and Bridgewater.
The charred body parts, which are believed to belong to one victim, were found inside a barrel located on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison on Wednesday night. Thursday morning, more burned body parts were found behind a Hyde Park building. Suffolk County and Plymouth County officials are looking into both discoveries and it has been reported in other publications that video surveillance have given investigators crucial evidence.
An Essex County District Attorney's office spokeswoman declined to comment on the connection saying her office wasn't in a position to discuss the matter.
"We are in the midst of a fluid criminal investigation," Essex County District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan said, adding she would not comment on the identity of the man living inside the beach house.
The three law enforcement sources told The Daily News of Newburyport that police are looking into the possibility that the victim, whose identity has not been released, was killed at the Liberty Street house, dismembered and then brought to the Hyde Park and Bridgewater locations.
Liberty Street, located just off North End Boulevard (Route 1A) was scene of a police operation Friday when more than a dozen state police officers swarmed a three-story beach house hoping to arrest a local man wanted for murder, according to state police.
Police activity began around 6 p.m. when police, armed with an arrest warrant, visited 19 Liberty St. The suspect was not there, prompting local and state police to obtain a search warrant for the premises. With search warrant in hand, more than a dozen police officers entered the house before midnight, and remained there throughout most of the night, gathering evidence.
During the operation, a state police trooper stood at the entrance to Liberty Street, located just off North End Boulevard heading south towards Broadway, and diverted traffic. Liberty Street residents were asked to remain in the homes. As part of its investigation, members of the state police’s crime prevention and control unit (CPAC) were called to the scene by the Essex County District Attorney’s office. A large CPAC truck was brought to the scene and parked across the street.
Typically a CPAC team, a wing of the state police detectives unit, is called after serious crimes including the death or serious injury of a person.
According to one neighbor, who declined to give his name, the house had been rented aboyt two months ago to the man police were seeking. Since then the house has been a hub of activity, mostly at night, with cars coming and going, lights on in every room with the shades closed. Other neighbors spoke of loud parties and other suspicious activity coming from the residence.
According to the town assessor’s page, the house is owned by Joseph and Suzanne Armano of Salem, N.H. A call to the Armanos to confirm the identity of the man renting the apartment was not returned.