Update on Dighton Death Investigation

On Wednesday, November 18th at approximately 8:10 a.m., Dighton Police received a 911 report that a woman’s burned body was found in a wooded area in the vicinity of the Hunters Hill neighborhood.  Dighton Police and EMTs responded immediately to investigate and secure the scene.  Members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, The State Police Crime Lab and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office also responded to the scene.

The deceased was determined to be Tracey L. Hunter-Montinat, 47, who resided in the Hunters Hill neighborhood.  It has been determined that Ms. Hunter-Montinat had been seated in her vehicle, located a short distance away from her body when she was engulfed in fire.  An autopsy showed that, although Ms. Hunter-Montinat had told a number of people that she was pregnant and that she was going to be induced to give birth on the day she died,  she was not pregnant.  It has been determined that Ms. Hunter-Montinat died from smoke inhalation.

 A determination of the manner of Ms. Hunter-Montinat’s death is pending the completion of toxicology reports, which could take several weeks.  Based on the investigation, which includes numerous interviews, examination of the physical evidence and scene, and observations made during the autopsy, Ms. Hunter-Montinat’s death does not appear to be of a suspicious nature.

Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications