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DA: Dalton Women's Death 'Not Suspicious'

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DALTON, Mass. — The District Attorney's office has confirmed that the body found behind the American Legion was Theresa Burke, who had gone missing since early Sunday morning, and that there is nothing suspicious with the death.

"The investigation has revealed there is nothing suspicious with the death," Spokesman Fred Lantz said on Tuesday.

Theresa Burke has been missing since early Sunday morning.


DALTON, Mass. — A body found near the American Legion on Monday morning is believed to be that of Theresa Burke, missing since early Sunday morning.

The young Dalton woman was last seen about 3 a.m. Sunday. The body was found in a wooded area near 258 North St.

Burke had attended a show at Chameleon's in Pittsfield on Saturday night that included a fundraiser for the Berkshire Band-Itz roller derby team of which she was a member.

Burke's family and friends began posting on Facebook that she was missing on Sunday and her mother, Catherine Burke, contacted police. They also searched the neighborhood and passed her picture and information to convenience stores and other places. She was believed to have her cell phone but did not respond to anyone.

According to Facebook posts, she was last seen in Dalton wearing gray yoga pants, black combat boots and a possibly a gray hooded sweat shirt, and that it would be unusual for her not to contact her mother.

Burke, who has a 5-year-old daughter, Madison, would have been 24 on Thanksgiving Day, according to her Facebook page. She was described as a loving mother and daughter, a cheerful person and a good friend.

Her timeline was filled with comments on Sunday pleading with her to call someone, anyone; by mid-morning on Monday, it was filled with condolences and prayers.

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