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Congress Street Homicide Suspect to Face Murder Charge on Monday

For Immediate Release: 3/20/2017 7:22 am

Worcester, MA (March 20, 2017)- On Sunday, February 5, 2017, Worcester Police responded to 8 Congress Street for an initial report of a female not breathing. It was apparent to the arriving officers that the female was deceased. The victim was identified as 49-year-old Sandra Hehir. Ms. Hehir resided at the Congress Street apartment. Cause of death at that initial time was unknown.

A post mortem examination ruled the cause of death to be homicide by means of strangulation.

During the course of this investigation Worcester Police Detectives developed sufficient information that identified a 55-year-old male suspect. As the investigation continued probable cause was established to charge this male with the murder of Ms. Hehir. The name of the suspect will not be released until he is formally arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse. The suspect is currently being held at the Worcester County House of Correction on unrelated charges.

The suspect will be arraigned on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Original Press Release:

Police Investigate Homicide on Congress Street

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Worcester, MA (February 9, 2017) - On Sunday, February 05, 2017 at approximately 11:15 AM, Worcester Police were dispatched to an apartment at 8 Congress Street for a report of a female not breathing. Upon arrival, police and paramedics located a deceased female on the floor inside the apartment. Police subsequently identified the victim as 49 year old Sandra Hehir of Worcester.

Police were informed that another resident of the building had located the unconscious victim on the floor and called the police. Worcester Police Detectives responded to the scene to locate and interview any possible witnesses. Crime Scene Unit personnel also responded to document the scene and collect evidence.

As part of the investigation, an autopsy was later performed. As a result of the autopsy, the cause of death was determined to be a Homicide by means of strangulation.

There is no additional information to release at this time as the investigation is still active. Detectives are working to identify a suspect in this case. Anyone with information about the incident can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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