Fears rise in Hyde Park after discovery of human remains

An official walked through the Hyde Park scene.
Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe
An official walked through the Hyde Park scene.

Few people were at home this afternoon in the neighborhood on Readville Street in Hyde Park as State and Boston police investigated the property where burned human remains were found.

The property contains a parking lot, and a small blue industrial building. Behind the building sits a red storage container, behind which the body was dumped.

Police spent the afternoon removing evidence from behind the building in brown paper bags. Just up the street from the property sat a lone evidence cone — marking the spot where a faded green Red Sox baseball cap lay on the sidewalk.


State medical examiner workers arrived at the scene around 2:30 p.m., but left after only about five minutes on the scene.

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One neighbor, who lives at the corner of the street, about three lots away from where the body was found, said a suspicious car was parked on the street Wednesday night.

She said she went out to walk her dog around 7 p.m. and saw a man sitting in a large white SUV. When she sent her boyfriend out to look, the man in the car slouched down in his seat.

The car was parked, the woman said, next to where the baseball cap marked as evidence now sits.

The block contains about eight residential properties, all of which seemed to be multi-unit homes.


“It’s a quiet neighborhood,” said Colby Stephens, who has lived in the neighborhood for about six months. “It’s scary to have something like this going on in your backyard.”

The home at 13 Readville St., directly across the street from the lot where the body was found, a white house with blue trim, saw near-constant foot traffic throughout the afternoon.

Several neighbors cited the home as a problem house and a drug den where just last week police had been called to deal with an overdose.

Several residents of the home said they hadn’t seen or heard anything, but worried about whether the victim was someone they knew.

“It’s creepy, man,” said one, who declined to give his name, as he stood in the driveway drinking a can of Bud Lite just after 1:30 p.m. “Just thinking about the fact that this happened right across the street.”


Another neighbor, a middle-aged man who lived two houses down and would not provide his name, said that the body’s recovery near his home is the last straw.

A 10-year resident of the street, the man — who was stopping home on his lunch break — said between the recent drug issues and this crime, he plans to move out as quickly as possible.

“Just another beautiful day on Readville Street,” he remarked to a mailman who was working his way up a nearby stoop.