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Gruesome discovery leaves Milton neighborhood in shock

Body unidentified, but one car found

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By Brian R. Ballou and John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / November 17, 2010

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MILTON — Police last night located the white Audi sedan seen leaving an upscale neighborhood here where the mutilated body of a young man was left Monday night.

The car was in a parking lot at the Walter Baker condominiums in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood, police said.

The killing stunned Milton in its depravity.

“Massive trauma, to the entire body,’’ Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr., speaking slowly and almost in a whisper, said in describing the victim during a press conference yesterday afternoon at Milton police headquarters.

Wells said last night that the victim suffered several broken bones and endured massive trauma, particularly to the head.

Investigators have no idea who the victim is.

Two families of missing young men came forward yesterday, but neither of those men was the victim, according to Wells.

“We had hoped today, based on just the brutality of the murder, that we might get lucky and identify the victim, but that was not the case,’’ Wells said.

Wells described the body as that of a young black male, possibly a teenager, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, with a slight build and no tattoos or other distinguishing features.

He was shirtless and shoeless, wearing only blue jeans and gray boxer shorts.

He had no wallet, and his left ear was pierced. His fingerprints were entered into the police database, but nothing positive came back.

Another clue last night came from a note found inside the victim’s pocket with a person’s name scrawled on it, Wells said.

The first name began with the letter D, but the rest was illegible. The last name was Tisdale.

While police say the violence probably did not occur on the road in front of 50 Brierbrook St., where the body was found Monday at 9:30 p.m., residents of this secluded neighborhood near the Blue Hills Reservation expressed shock.

“Totally unbelievable,’’ said Karen Gregg, who has lived on nearby Parkwood Drive for 19 years.

“I think someone used our neighborhood and dumped the body here. Nothing like that has ever happened here.

“People only come down here if they’re visiting someone or are trying to avoid traffic and think there’s a way out, but there’s not.’’

The neighborhood is dotted with sprawling one- and two-story single-family residences, home to doctors, attorneys, and other professionals.

Many of the backyards or driveways double as basketball courts, and many front lawns are professionally landscaped.

One end of Brierbrook Street is a dead end that rolls into a thickly forested area of the reservation.

As daylight faded yesterday, street lights clicked on, and residents turned on their porch lights.

But by 5:30 p.m., the section where the body was found was virtually pitch-black.

“He has no criminal record,’’ Wells said. “We do not know the cause of death right now. One thing I can safely say is that whomever this young man was, yesterday morning he got up and went about his business or whatever, but at 9:30 last night his body was found in a very gruesome, significant homicide scene.’’

Even an autopsy, conducted yesterday, did not shed much light.

David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office, said last night that the chief medical examiner’s office, which conducted the autopsy, informed the district attorney “that the cause and manner of death in this case remain undetermined, pending additional testing, including toxicology testing.’’

According to Wells, the Milton detectives investigating the case, with state troopers, also investigated the 2009 multiple murder where 23-year-old Kerby Revelus killed two of his sisters, decapitating 5-year-old Bianca, and nearly killing a third before responding officers shot and killed him.

Yesterday, hours after the body had been removed from the street, authorities had to call a cleanup crew back to Brierbrook Street when they discovered additional evidence, including bone fragments.

In talking with residents yesterday, police were given a description of the two vehicles seen in the area prior to the discovery of the body.

The white Audi has been found, but authorities are still looking for a dark-colored sedan.

Police are also looking into their own surveillance video system, which has cameras on all major roads in town and at various other points, and surveillance video from a house near the crime scene.

“It’s very unique here,’’ Wells said. “The quality of life that people enjoy here is truly magnificent. Crime is mobile, and unfortunately we live in a society where the sanctity of human life is not what it was in the ’50s and ’60s. Unfortunately, these things happen, and sometimes we’re not immune to that. It can happen here, as well.’’

Police said there were no previous homicides in Milton this year.

But there were three last year and six in the past decade.

Gregg said she arrived home about 9:15 p.m. Monday, about the time police believe the body was left on the street. Her house is about 75 yards from the crime scene.

“But I didn’t see or hear anything out of the ordinary,’’ she said.

Other residents also expressed disbelief that a body with such severe trauma was found in their neighborhood.

Chris Tosi, who also lives on Parkwood Drive, described his thoughts on hearing about the body found several houses away as “pretty freaky, pretty weird.’’

“I just can’t imagine how someone could kill a person,’’ he said.

A woman who lives at the end of Brierbrook Street and requested her name not be published, said yesterday: “Initially, I feel just so sorry for a family that now doesn’t have their child.

“This can happen anywhere. It’s a sad, sad situation that people could take a life like this, so brutally. . . . It just makes you feel so sad for the victim’s family.’’

Brian R. Ballou can be reached at bballou@globe.com; John M. Guilfoil at jguilfoil@globe.com.

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