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Police searching for North Adams homicide victim's vehicle

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Authorities say they are searching for the car that belonged to a North Adams woman who was found dead in her home Tuesday night.

The Berkshire County District Attorney's Office says 84-year-old Ellen Depaoli was found dead in her home at 409 Walker Street around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say they are looking for a blue 2005 Ford Taurus with a Massachusetts registration 88ZA27.  The car was registered to Depaoli.

There is no word on a suspect, or who may have possession of the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the location of the vehicle is being asked to contact the North Adams Police Department at (413) 664-4944.

Depaoli's death was ruled a homicide on Wednesday afternoon. Soon after, neighbors expressed concerns to NEWS10 ABC saying it's a safe, quiet community, and say the lack of information is frustrating.

NEWS10 ABC has reached out to the District Attorney's Office for explanation, but they declined to comment on the lack of information.

However, in a press release sent by the District Attorney's Office, David Capeless stated "This is a very active, ongoing police investigation.  Anytime one or our citizens, particularly one of our seniors, is killed, there is cause for concern along with grief.  However, based upon the information that investigators have developed, we consider this to be an isolated incident and North Adams residents should not be unduly alarmed."  

Police still maintain a presence at the home. An autopsy was conducted on Thursday and preliminary results showed Depaoli was a victim of homicide.  However, specific details of the autopsy will not be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

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