This story actually begins in Massachusetts when a Massachusetts Department of Public Works (DPW) employee noticed a vehicle that had been parked in the same location, just 700 feet from the New York State border, for more than a week.

Who owns the vehicle? Where is the driver? Was the car abandoned? The investigation would last more than a month, and although it started in Massachusetts, much of the story comes to a sad conclusion for a 40-year-old woman in New York State.

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On March 11th, according to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) press release, a Massachusetts DPW plow driver noticed a car parked at the Berlin Pass trailhead in Williamstown, MA., just 700 feet from the Taconic Ridge State Forest in New York State.

The vehicle hadn't moved for more than a week so, on March 19th, Massachusetts State Police requested assistance from New York State Forest Rangers on the search for a 40-year-old woman who was last seen on March 7th.

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On March 22nd, Massachusetts State Police suspended their participation of the search due to weather. New York State Forest Rangers continued with the search along with Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue.

On April 15th at 11:30am Forest Rangers located the subject deceased on the Taconic Ridge. Her body. turned over to New York State Police, was found approximately 1 mile from where her car had been parked since March.

This search operation included:

  • 10 Forest Rangers
  • DEC Law Enforcement and Emergency Management
  • New York State Police
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management
  • Berkshire Mountain and Central Massachusetts Search and Rescue
  • Fire officials from Berlin, Grafton and Petersburgh Fire Departments

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