Barbara Novaes: Missing mother’s body was found in the trash under the porch

The body of a missing Massachusetts mother was found in a trash can under the back porch of her home.

Barbara Novaes, 61, was reportedly found in the bin at 8.30am on Monday – two hours after her son reported her missing to Medford police.

Police were told he found her home open Monday morning and that he found “her keys, phone and purse” at the property on Emery Street with her car still parked in the driveway.

Officers searched the property and found her body was in a recycling bin under the porch, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Monday.

Based on the circumstances of her death, the district attorney’s office said the Medford mother’s death was considered suspicious and an investigation was ongoing.

Ms Novaes was last seen alive on Sunday afternoon when it was believed she had a nailing appointment, her son told Medford Police.

“He said he last saw her at her house yesterday afternoon and he believed at the time that she was leaving the house to go to a nail appointment,” Ms Ryan said at a news conference Monday, according to WHDH News.

“He reported that when he woke up this morning the front door of her house was open and he had seen that his mother’s car was still there and he had also found his mother’s car keys, her phone and her purse.”

There were no apparent signs of trauma to her body, authorities said, and an increased police presence was observed in the home and neighborhood on Monday.

Ms Ryan did not say if there was evidence of forced entry into the home as the Boston globe reported. Residents have been urged to exercise caution.

Ms Novaes was described by Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn as “a beloved member of the Medford community and a very active parishioner at Grace Church” who has touched many lives, the news outlet said. Barbara Novaes: Missing mother’s body was found in the trash under the porch

Bobby Allyn

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