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More human remains found in South Boston condominium where fetal or infant remains were found Thursday

A second set of human remains has been discovered in a South Boston apartment complex where remains belonging to a fetus or infant were found in a freezer in a unit Thursday afternoon, police said Friday.Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe

Additional human remains have been discovered in a South Boston condominium building where remains belonging to a fetus or infant were found in a freezer Thursday afternoon, police said Friday.

Detectives on Friday located “what appears to be additional human remains” at the residence, located at 838 East Broadway, police said in a statement.

Personnel from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner removed the additional human remains for investigation, police said.

On Thursday around 2:15 p.m., officers were called to the address where they discovered the remains of “what appeared to be a human fetus or infant.”


Authorities said Thursday that the fetal or infant remains were found in a freezer in a unit. Friday’s statement did not specify where on the property the additional remains were found, nor did it detail their age range.

A Boston police spokesperson said she didn’t have additional information about the remains discovered Friday.

No arrests have been reported as part of the death investigation.

The property is a nine-unit condominium building, according to city records.

The red-brick building at the corner of East Broadway and N Street was quiet early Friday evening. Windows were dark, except for two in an upper-floor unit where the curtains were tightly drawn.

People were out walking dogs and city buses occasionally stopped. But those routines obscured the shock nearby residents feel about the unfathomable discovery.

“It’s mortifying, shocking,” said Rachel Mathison, 30, who lives across from the street from the property. “I never thought in this area that something like that would happen, to be honest. It’s very alarming something that terrible was happening so close.”

Mathison said she’d seen a mix of younger and older people going in and out of the building but did not know them.

“I’ve been leaving home as much as I can [since the remains were found]. Because it’s distracting,” she said. “I have a view of this building from my office window, so it just kept the thought popping back into my head.”


She said she still feels the neighborhood is safe, but the situation gives her pause.

“It just shows that you don’t really know anybody,” she said.

Thomas Roddy, who also lives across the street, said he was “caught off guard” by the discovery.

“This is definitely the craziest story in this neighborhood for a while,” he said. “Other stuff has happened, but obviously nothing to this caliber.”

Others said they were surprised by the massive police presence on Thursday outside their homes.

One resident said she had been working from home. She noticed the faint sound of a helicopter. When she went out to walk her dog, she was surprised by the unfolding crime scene. She saw the van from the state medical examiner’s office, but assumed a resident of the building had died, she said.

Anxious residents are eager for more information and answers from police, neighborhood leaders said.

“People are shocked,” said Luanne O’Connor, president of the City Point Neighborhood Association. “People are waiting for details from the Boston Police Department, which we have a lot of faith in, and believe they are very capable of figuring out what happened,” O’Connor said in a Friday interview.

“We’re looking forward to the facts coming out, so we know what happened in our neighborhood, how long ago it happened,” she said.


Kevin Lally, president of the Gate of Heaven Neighborhood Association, said the discoveries were “something that we’re not used to having in our [part of] town.”

“The community’s kind of up in arms and reacting with shock and dismay over something like this,” Lally said in an interview. “We’re still waiting on all the facts. … We haven’t heard enough to really make a judgment about what happened, who did it.”

Police said Friday that anyone with information about the case should call 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),” police said. “The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.”

Correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report.

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