The death of a Shutesbury man marks Hampshire County's third unsolved murder in 2010.
Created by masslive on Sep 20, 2010
Last updated: 09/21/10 at 07:56 AM
- No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named in connection with Annamarie Rintala's murder. - No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named in connection with Kelly Demarco's murder. - No arrests have been made, no suspects have been named and no cause of death has been named in connection with the murder of Paul Kirschner.
Following an autopsy, the Northwestern District Attorney's office rules Paul Kirschner's death a homicide. On Sunday, September 19, assistant district attorney Melissa Doran tells the Daily Hampshire Gazette, "The investigation is still open and active."
Assistant district attorney Melissa Doran tells The Republican that state police attached to the Northwestern District Attorney's office are investigating Kirschner's death as "suspicious."
Police responding for a well-being check find 70-year-old Paul Kirschner dead in his Shutesbury home.
Nearly a month after Demarco is found in the parking lot of the Lord Jeffrey Apartments, his death is ruled a homicide. The medical examiner determines that Demarco died of cranial-cerebral trauma, caused by "blunt force injury of head, following physical altercation."
Three months after Rintala was strangled and hit multiple times in the head in her Granby home, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.
Renee L. Steese, first assistant district attorney for Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel, tells The Republican: “In this instance, the investigation can best proceed by withholding the information that has been uncovered thus far.”
The Republican's John Appleton reports: "A spokeswoman for Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel said there is an active, ongoing investigation into the death of Kelly D. Demarco, 44, of Belchertown, but there would be no statements issued Monday on whether the death was a homicide or on the results of a scheduled autopsy."
Kelly Demarco, a resident of the Lord Jeffrey Apartments, dies from head injuries after being found in a parking lot at the complex and transported to Baystate Medical Center. Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel says local and state police are investigating the death as a homicide, but declines to officially declare it a homicide until an autopsy is performed.
Neighbors who later report hearing an argument outside of unit P1 at the Lord Jeffrey Apartments around 2 a.m. awake to find part of the parking lot blocked off by crime tape as state and local police investigate the scene.
Neighbors report a man was taken away by ambulance.
At a ceremony held at the Springfield Elks Lodge, Annamarie Rintala is honored for saving the life of a woman in cardiac arrest. The rescue happened on March 29 -- the night before Rintala's murder.
In television interviews, friends of Annamarie Rintala recall her as a dedicated mother who was "fun loving, dedicated, responsible, outgoing and generous."
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Annamarie Rintala's wife, Cara Rintala, was charged in 2008 with domestic assault and battery after she allegedly punched Annamarie Rintala in the back of the head. Those charges were later dropped.
Michael Cahillane, assistant district attorney, tells the Gazette, "What I will say is that the investigation remains open and active and that investigators are working diligently and actively on this case."
Four days after her body is discovered, Rintala's death is ruled a homicide; autopsy results from the state Medical Examiner’s Office show that Rintala had been strangled.
Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel declines to comment further about the case other than to say there have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing.
State and local police continue to investigate Rintala's death, but have not determined whether a crime was committed.
Renee L. Steese, first assistant district attorney for Northwest District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel’s office, reveals that police discovered the body of Annamarie Rintala, 37, at 7:12 p.m., Monday, March 29 in her home at 18 Barton St.
David Pelletier, the general manager of American Medical Response of Western Massachusetts, confirms that Annamarie Rintala, who lived at 18 Barton Street with her wife, Cara Lee Rintala, was an employee and that she had died while she was off-duty.
After Barton Street in Granby is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic, police vehicles are seen at a home at 18 Barton St.
Granby police request the assistance of detectives attached to Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel’s office; a crime scene truck and a chemist to respond to the home.