Police investigating death of West Housatonic Street man as possible suicide

Friday November 16, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 49-year-old man whose body was discovered late Thursday night outside of the 47 West Housatonic St. apartment where he lived.

Authorities continue to investigate and haven't ruled out the possibility of suicide. According to Pittsfield Police Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry, there was "evidence indicative of suicide" found at the scene.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, a neighbor discovered the body of David Oliveras just before midnight Thursday. Oliveras was pronounced dead at the scene. The residence is a rooming house.

District Attorney David F. Capeless said the circumstances suggest no foul play was involved, but investigators were "considering all possibilities, and are actively working to determine exactly what happened to Mr. Oliveras."

Friday morning, Pittsfield Police detectives could be seen at the multi-family apartment house continuing to investigate the circumstances of the man's death.

Blood was discovered in Oliveras' room, which led police to secure the scene and obtain a search warrant. The room remains secured by police while they continue the investigation, according to Barry.

Police believe Oliveras took a bus to Springfield on Thursday and returned the same day by cab. Anyone who may have had contact with Oliveras on Thursday is asked to call the Pittsfield police at (413) 448-9700.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

The lead investigator in the case is Detective Timothy J. Koenig, who is being assisted by Detective Nick DeSantis, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

Keonig and DeSantis will be present for the autopsy.

Oliveras had a history of mental illness, according to sources.


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