NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – The Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s office has identified the man who was found dead in a New Bedford home on Tuesday.
Firefighters discovered the body of 29-year-old Justin Downey after they were called to his home on 55 Rounds Street around 8:30 a.m. for the report of a fire.
The District Attorney’s Office has called this death suspicious.
Downey’s girlfriend told Eyewitness News that she believes someone set the fire to cover up a killing.
The Medical Examiner’s Office is performing an autopsy to determine the official cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the fire or that saw anything in the area of the fire is urged to contact New Bedford Police at (508) 991-6300 or leave an anonymous tip by calling (508) 961-4584.