DA: Framingham woman suffered ‘significant slash wound’; unclear if attack was random

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer spoke Thursday about an apparent homicide that left a 28-year-old woman dead.

The woman, identified as Jasmyn Beatty, was found dead in her Framingham apartment Tuesday morning “with obvious trauma.” DA Ryan said they are awaiting the cause and manner of death but that she was found with a “significant slash wound to the back of the neck.”

In her first statements about the case, DA Ryan added that investigators don’t yet know if Beatty knew her killer. Officials said her death is being investigated as an apparent homicide but had “not yet made a determination about whether or not this is an isolated incident.”

In Framingham, at the Halstead Apartment complex where Jasmyn Beatty was found murdered this week, investigators are facing a tough challenge. Beatty lived alone with her dog in her third-floor apartment.

At 8:37 a.m. on Tuesday, a 911 call came in from someone who knew Beatty. The caller said the woman was dead insider her apartment on the third floor. Police said there are no surveillance cameras at the complex property, so officials are looking at the surrounding area for footage.

Residents will notice an increased police presence in the area as they interview people and continue searching for forensic evidence.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Jasmyn Beatty was a senior financial planning analyst for Staples. She was working from home during the pandemic. Next door neighbor Lauren Abrigo said Jasmyn didn’t appear to have a lot of visitors.

“I always saw her outside here with her dog. Upstairs, I never saw her with someone, anyone – parent, boyfriend, friend, no one,” Abrigo said.

From what we know, Jasmyn Beatty’s attacker got very close to her and may have left forensic evidence on her body or inside the apartment.

“I was sleeping, my parents’ bedroom is like right next to her wall,” Abrigo said.

She recounts the frightening events just before 4:30 in the morning.

“We heard the metal thing on the door knocking – it’s really loud,” Albrigo said.

She said Beatty was talking with someone, and then there was a horrifying exchange.

“My parents heard some screaming – a woman screaming – she had one final scream and then nothing anymore,” Albrigo said.

Former Boston Police Chief Dan Linskey adds that Beatty’s computer could contain valuable evidence that could help break the case.

“A computer can be a very important piece of information about who was texting, messaging and who was emailing the victim in her last moments. The computer can also establish a timeline. They are great at telling when people are online or offline. So that computer can establish when the victim was last heard from,” Linskey said.

Anyone who saw anything unusual early Tuesday morning in the area of 1640 Worcester Road or specifically the Halstead Apartment property complex is urged to call Framingham Police at 508-532-5911 or 508-872-1212.

Residents are urged to remain vigilant.


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