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Investigators exhume body as part of probe into cold case double murder

Officials exhumed a body from a Boston cemetery this week as part of the investigation into an unsolved double murder in Worcester County that took place “several decades ago,” according to the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Early spokesman Timothy Connolly declined to name the murder victims or disclose the location or date of the homicides.

“It was a horrific double murder,” Connolly said Friday. “It was not resolved. There was never an arrest.”

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The exhumation took place Thursday at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park. Connolly said the murder suspect is dead, but declined to say whose body was exhumed.

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Investigators collected DNA and plan to test it to confirm the suspect’s identity, Connolly said. Relatives of the murder victims were aware of the exhumation, he said.

WCVB-TV reported the exhumation is tied to the investigation into the fatal stabbing of Maureen Moynihan and her 4-year-old daughter, Jennifer, in Rutland, in June 1973.

The mother and daughter were found by two youths on a dirt road off Route 122 opposite Rutland State Park, according to a June 7, 1973, Globe article.

The Globe reported that Moynihan, 32, was found stabbed outside her dark blue 1969 Ford sedan and her daughter was located in the front seat.

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Moynihan was last seen June 5, 1973 after she dropped off her 6-year-old son at kindergarten in West Boylston, the Globe reported. She was reported missing that night by her husband, Jerold, who taught mathematics in the West Boylston public schools at the time.

He told police Moynihan planned to go shopping at the Mammoth Mart in Worcester after dropping off their son at school, the article said.

Laura Crimaldi can be reached at laura.crimaldi@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.