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Police find grisly scene at Plymouth home

Man kills self; woman’s body is discovered

A clean-up team worked yesterday at a Priscilla Beach house where police say two people died. A clean-up team worked yesterday at a Priscilla Beach house where police say two people died. (Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)
By Akilah Johnson
Globe Staff / April 27, 2011

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Authorities were trying last night to unravel the final moments that a Plymouth couple shared before police witnessed the man fatally slice his leg open with a power saw and then discovered the woman dead inside their home.

A family friend who lives out of state called police Monday night and asked them to check on the couple, who lived in the Priscilla Beach section of Plymouth, because she had not spoken to the woman in a while, officials said.

When officers arrived about 10 p.m., they found Keith Lincoln standing in the living room and watched as he picked up a circular power saw, “inflicting serious injury to one of his legs,’’ said a press release from Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.

At that point, officers forced their way into the house on Farmhurst Road and administered first aid to Lincoln. The officers then searched the home and found the body of a woman and two dead dogs, Cruz’s office said.

Paramedics took Lincoln, 49, to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, where he was pronounced dead.

Dental records must be used to confirm the woman’s identity because of the condition of her body; authorities declined to elaborate on the state in which they found her. An autopsy will be performed to determine how long the woman had been dead, as well as the cause of her death.

Authorities did not know how the dogs died.

Neighbors identified the woman as Lincoln’s wife, Jettie Lincoln, and said the couple moved last year from Vermont to the quiet seaside community filled with summer rentals and cottages passed down from one generation to the next.

Marie Cesati, who has lived on Farmhurst Road since 1951, said she met the couple soon after they moved into the brown house with wooden shingles and red shutters this past summer. Easter decorations remained on the front windows yesterday, and the couple’s cars, a gold Toyota sport utility vehicle and small black pickup truck, were still parked in the gravel driveway.

“One day she introduced herself,’’ Cesati recalled. “They were from elsewhere, and he was going to work in Duxbury.’’

According to Plymouth County Probate and Family Court records, Lincoln, who was born in Weymouth and worked as a well driller in the 1980s, lived in Duxbury about a decade ago. He was previously married and had a son and daughter with his first wife, whom he divorced in 2003, court records show.

Tim Moll, who rented the house to the Lincolns, told reporters that the couple were good tenants who were quiet.

“I checked their references when I rented it to them, and their prior landlords said, if anything, they were too quiet,’’ Moll told a cluster of television cameras from inside his truck outside the house. Moll said he tried calling the couple about 7 p.m. Monday because they were about three weeks late with their rent.

“I almost came by; I’m glad I didn’t,’’ he said. “Hopefully, that wasn’t the cause of this.’’

Cesati said her first indication that something was amiss was about 10:30 p.m. Monday when she noticed a bright light shining through her window. She opened the shade to try and figure out what was going on and saw her normally quiet street lined with police and fire trucks.

“Then I saw a stretcher come out, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, someone must have gotten sick and called 911,’ ’’ Cesati remembered.

“As the night went on, I said, ‘Gee. It must be more than that.’ ’’

Akilah Johnson can be reached at ajohnson@globe.com.