Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett Chief of Police Steven Mazzie have confirmed the ongoing investigation into the death of an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman – recently identified as Kya Donovan – whose body was found in a yard behind a Springvale Avenue home.
On Tuesday at approximately 2:00 p.m., a resident of the Springvale Avenue home called 911 to report that she had located a woman apparently deceased behind her home. Upon arrival police located the woman and pronounced her dead on the scene. Based on the preliminary investigation, there were no obvious signs of injuries. However, due to the circumstances around the location of the body, it is being investigated as suspicious at this time.
According to a report by WCVB, the victim was supposed to meet her brother-in-law on Monday but never arrived for the meeting. Her cell phone and purse were found on Springvale Avenue, which prompted the brother-in-law to notify a family member of her disappearance, according to the news report. The father stated in the story that he did not want to speculate as to the cause of his daughter’s death.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case and will determine the cause and manner of death. This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and Everett Police.