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Medical Examiner Rules State Forest Death a Homicide

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UPDATE:

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that the man found deceased at the Pittsfield State Forest Saturday is the victim of a homicide.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that 32-year-old Reymon Delacruz-Batista died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. The Berkshire State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death as a homicide.

Hunters found Delacruz-Batista’s body in the Pittsfield State Forest Saturday morning. Pittsfield Police, Pittsfield Fire, and Action Ambulance responded, and paramedics pronounced Delacruz-Batista deceased on scene.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police Cheshire Barracks, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, and additional Massachusetts State Police assets also responded.

“I send my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Delacruz-Batista, who was a beloved father of three young children. Law enforcement is diligently working to identify the person or persons responsible for this murder,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

“My office will continue to work collaboratively with law enforcement and community members to address and prevent gun violence. We ask that anyone with information about this shooting support our efforts by reporting what they know to law enforcement.”

Investigators request that those who live in the area with home surveillance systems please provide copies of recordings from Friday night into Saturday morning to detectives.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Berkshire State Police Detectives at 413-499-1112 or the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.


Saturday, December 4, 2021


State Police Investigating Death of Individual Found at Pittsfield State Forest

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of an individual found deceased in the Pittsfield State Forest Saturday morning.

Hunters reported to Pittsfield Police that they discovered the body at approximately 5:10 a.m. Pittsfield Police, Pittsfield Fire, and Action Ambulance responded, and paramedics pronounced the individual deceased on scene shortly after arrival.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took custody of the body and will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death on Sunday. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is withholding the release of the decedent’s name pending Sunday’s autopsy.

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office and the Pittsfield Police Department are investigating. The investigation is ongoing.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police Cheshire Barracks, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, and additional Massachusetts State Police assets also responded.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.

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