Pittsfield man found dead alongside 11-year-old daughter’s body overdosed on heroin, authorities say

Officials have determined that a Pittsfield man who was found dead next to his 11-year-old daughter’s body last summer died of a heroin overdose, but investigators couldn’t discern the cause of his daughter’s death, according to the Berkshire County District Attorney’s office.

Anthony Nazareth, 47, was found in his apartment on August 3 and had been dead for at least a day, authorities said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released an autopsy report Monday stating he had overdosed on heroin. Authorities couldn’t determine what killed his daughter, Hannah Nazareth, as her body had been decomposing for as long as a month, according to the DA’s office. Officials observed no trauma to her body, and toxicology tests came back inconclusive, authorities said.

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An investigation by Pittsfield police found that Anthony Nazareth lied to various agencies when questioned about his daughter’s whereabouts through July, yet no officials followed up to check on her, according to the DA’s office.

“Hannah Nazareth was failed by a number of people,’’ District Attorney David Capeless said in a statement. “While there is no indication that different action may have saved her, her dignity in death was not honored and questions will always remain about how, and why, she died.’’

The police investigation did lead to the arrest of a Pittsfield man who allegedly stole a television, DVD player, clothing, food, and Anthony Nazareth’s wallet from the apartment the day before police discovered the bodies. Michael Blowe, 52, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and larceny from a building, according to the DA’s office.

Blowe was ordered to be held on $1,000 bail. He is due back in court March 8.

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