BRIDGEWATER, MASS. >> The woman found dead and burning near railroad tracks in Massachusetts last week has been identified by authorities as a New Jersey woman.
A spokeswoman for the Plymouth district attorney's office says the woman found late Tuesday night in Bridgewater has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Bortner. Bridgewater is about 25 miles south of Boston.
District Attorney Timothy Cruz said it appears Bortner was targeted and her death was not a random attack.
She was found with her hands tied behind her back and to her feet. Police discovered the body down an embankment in a relatively secluded area after responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle.
The death remains under investigation.
Family members say although from Paulsboro, New Jersey, Bortner had been living in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood.