Preliminary autopsy results confirm Dedham caregiver died by suicide

The state medical examiner’s office on Wednesday released preliminary results of autopsies conducted on a man with special needs and his caregiver at a Dedham residential facilties, whose bodies were found in two local hotels.

Mary E. MacKinnon, 74, died of suicide by asphyxia, the Norfolk dististrict attorney’s office said in a statement.

But the cause and manner of death for Jeffrey Goldestein, 41, is still unknown, pending toxicology test results, the statement said.


There were no signs of trauma on his body, the statement said.

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MacKinnon was Goldstein’s caregiver at a group home operated by Venture Community Services. The two were last seen on Monday when they left the facility for a medical appointment, officials said.

Their bodies were discovered later that day at two different Holiday Inn hotels. Goldstein’s body was found at a hotel in Dedham, while MacKinnon’s was found at a location in Norwood.

Authorities are investigating the deaths.

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