Bridgewater: Human bones found burning in barrel identified

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) – Authorities say the human bones found burning in a wooded area of Bridgewater earlier this month were those of a Haverhill man.

The remains of 24-year-old Dennis Ray Jackson were found Nov. 13 burning in a barrel on property owned by the state Department of Correction near Bridgewater State Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Plymouth district attorney says the remains, described as limbs, were identified through fingerprints.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Investigators are still trying to determine through DNA testing whether there is a link between the bones found in Bridgewater and charred human torso found in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood the following day.

The Boston Globe reports that Jackson had a lengthy criminal record.


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