MA - Wendy Morello, 40, Worcester, 13 September 2004

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Investigators don’t believe a serial killer was responsible for the slaying of a Massachusetts woman whose body was found in a trash barrel last fall in York County, but they’re no closer to solving the crime.
    The body of Wendy A. Morello of Worcester, Mass., was found in a green trash barrel off Riverwood Drive in the town of York on Sept. 13. Police believe she was killed somewhere else and her body was later discarded in Maine.

    One of the key challenges in the Morello case is not knowing where she was killed before her body was left in York, investigator said.

    The lack of progress has frustrated family members who are unable to put the 40-year-old woman’s murder behind them.

    Morello’s history of drug use, prostitution and life on the streets in Worcester led police to consider the possibility she could have been the latest in a string of killings that targeted women living and working in that neighborhood.

    Like Morello, the women were petite, had substance-abuse problems and sometimes turned to prostitution in Worcester’s Main South section to support their habits.

    "There were a number of similarities. That was the reason we initially looked at it," said Melissa Sherman of the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. "Upon further investigation, it didn’t appear to be related to our cases."

    Middlesex County led a task force looking into the murders of three women whose skeletal remains were found in 2003 within a mile of each other in the suburbs outside Worcester.
    Morello was taken to Maine, 100 miles from where she was last seen and where the other bodies were found. Rather than being buried in the woods, like at least two of the other victims, her body was left in a plastic trash barrel.

    The bodies outside Worcester were decomposed. Authorities are working with forensic scientists at the Smithsonian Institute to determine how they died. Police have not released Morello’s cause of death.

    "Are they connected or are they not connected? You just can’t say absolutely one way or the other," McDonough said. http://www.therockinghamnews.com/news/07292005/maine/55081.htm
     
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  3. Mullins

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    That's so sad about Wendy. I sure hope they get some leads soon.

    Do you happen to know anything more about the skeletal remains that the task force was working on? Did you hear whether or not any of the skeletal remains are DOEs or are they identifieds? I would be very interested in finding out the presumed dates of death as well on those three --- not sure if this info is available or not?
    Thanks---
     
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    I used to live near where Wendy was found. A number of us used to walk our dogs on this short stretch of road.

    The area could look remote to anyone not from the area but is actually quite well traveled. It's less than 2 miles from I-95. If you took the rest area exit, then headed north on US 1 and took the first significant left you would be in a residential area. Take the first wooded right and it looks like you're in the woods. In fact, you're in the heavily wooded back yards of a sub-division.

    It's so sad that 10 years later Wendy's killer has yet to be brought to justice.
     
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