• Man arrested in connection with death of woman found near Athol wastewater plant

    By: Manoella Macedo


    ATHOL, Mass. - An Athol man has been arrested in connection to the murder of a woman whose body was found near a wastewater treatment facility, according to the DA's office.

    The Northwestern District Attorney's Office said Keith Hamel, 23, of Athol, was arrested in the town's downtown area in connection to the Nov. 11 murder of Kelsey Clifford, 26, of Leominster.

    Hamel is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the Orange District Court sometime after 11a.m. on Tuesday morning.

    Clifford's body was found outside the entrance to the Athol Wastewater Treatment Facility. It is still unclear how she died.

    Her death was jointly investigated by the Athol Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.

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