NORTH ADAMS -- Police are treating the death of an 84-year-old city woman as a homicide.
The Berkshire District Attorney's office confirmed late Wednesday morning that Ellen DePaoli, of 409 Walker St., was found dead at her home Tuesday night. North Adams Police officers found DePaoli after responding to a 911 call at 8 p.m. reporting the death.
Local investigators expect results of an autopsy, being conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston on Thursday, to determine the exact cause of death.
Frederick A. Lantz, spokesman for the District Attorney's office, declined to comment on any specific details about the death or the investigation, stating late Wednesday that "it is still ongoing and active."
As of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the investigation at the Walker Street home was still under way and police had blocked off the street and were rerouting all but residential traffic and the media. Crime scene investigators could be seen at the back door of the house, along with a police photographer. Around 10:30 a.m., a Massachusetts State Police helicopter was circling the area and three state police K-9 units had arrived at the house.
At the scene, Mayor Richard J. Alcombright said there was no reason for the community to be worried about "anything" related to the investigation.
"I feel comfortable saying there isn't any imminent danger; we don't feel there is a slasher running around our community," he said. "We've communicated to the community through our schools and through social media that there is no imminent threat and there is nothing to worry about. Our thoughts go out to her family. We all grieve for their loss."
The investigation is being conducted by the North Adams Police Department, State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office, officers from the Pittsfield Police Department, deputies from the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, and members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force.