The FBI was searching for a body last week in Sheffield. Officers did not find him, sources confirm | Crime

Sheffield FBI investigation

Several FBI-led law enforcement agencies continued to work on the edge of a cornfield in Sheffield on Friday as they searched for specific evidence in an ongoing investigation.

SHEFFIELD — Last week, the FBI was looking for the body of an out-of-state person when it conducted a search of the Housatonic River and an adjacent cornfield next to a rest area off the route 7.

But multiple law enforcement agencies have not found him, law enforcement sources close to the investigation told The Eagle, on condition of anonymity.

Sources also confirmed the body was that of a person who lived or died in Danbury, Conn., but said the FBI had not provided further details about the nature of its investigation. Classes.

One person said it was unclear whether search teams would return to the area.

The search which began late Tuesday or Wednesday morning raised concerns in this farming community, given the heavy police presence for three days and two days of what appeared to be digging with an excavator and other equipment.

An FBI spokesperson declined to answer questions Monday about whether the agency would move its search to another location in Berkshire County, or whether the agency could reassure residents that it there was no threat to public safety.

Kristen Setera of the FBI’s Boston Division said last week that the public was not at risk but could not provide more information to “protect the integrity of the investigation”.

Setera said the search was a hunt for “specific evidence”.

The inquest is not linked to any Berkshire County cases, Sheffield Police said in a statement last week, amid speculation it was linked to the recent disappearance of a woman from the state of New York whose car was found in South Lee.

The search first started in the river at a rest area near Sheffield Pottery, then moved up the bank to the field near a cluster of trees in a 156-acre cornfield. The Berkshire County Sheriff‘s Office had its boats and divers at the scene.

On Friday afternoon, law enforcement vehicles and equipment used in the search turned off a narrow dirt road adjacent to a house and outbuildings on Boardman Street, which parallels Highway 7 on the other side of the river.

Residents said they were troubled about people from out of state coming to the Berkshires to dispose of a body; and in this case, in a residential area shared with large tracts of agricultural land. The city borders Connecticut, and this stretch of state highway is a gateway to the county from there as well as to New York.

In the village of Sheffield last week, people said they knew police were looking for the body of a man from Danbury, Connecticut.

“First they searched in the river, then they went to dig,” said Jeremy Barcomb, who was in charge of the register at the Mobil station in Gulotta.

At Silk’s Variety parcel shop, some people were mystified by the huge police presence. Others had already heard of the search for a body.

“It’s a very small town,” said Jamie Seward, who works at Silk’s, of how fast news travels.

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