Massachusetts couple killed in home in apparently targeted attack, suspect at large: DA


A manhunt is underway for a suspect accused of stabbing and bludgeoning an elderly couple to death in their Massachusetts home in an apparent targeted attack, officials said.

Police conducting a wellness check on the married couple on Tuesday night found both dead with “clear signs of trauma”, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

“Both victims were stabbed and bludgeoned to death,” Cruz said during a press briefing Wednesday morning.

The incident happened in Marshfield, a town about 30 miles southeast of Boston in Plymouth County.

The victims have been identified as the owners — Carl Mattson and his wife, Vicki Mattson, both in their 70s. Vicki Mattson would have turned 71 on Wednesday, Cruz said. It is not known when the deaths occurred, he said.

Investigators have named a suspect in the murders – Christopher Keeley, 27, who knew the couple, according to Cruz. A possible motive is being investigated, he said.

Massachusetts State Police released this photo of suspect Christopher Keeley.

Massachusetts State Police

“It doesn’t appear to be a random act of violence,” Cruz said. “It appears to be a targeted attack.”

Keeley’s whereabouts are currently unknown, police said.

“We don’t know how long he’s been gone,” Cruz said.

A warrant for his arrest will be issued for homicide in Marshfield, Cruz said.

Keeley is “known to carry knives,” said a law enforcement alert. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

PHOTO: Massachusetts State Police released this photo of a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited associated with suspect Christopher Keeley.

Massachusetts State Police released this photo of a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited associated with suspect Christopher Keeley.

Massachusetts State Police

The suspect was last seen driving a black 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that was removed from the scene, Cruz said. The car was later found unoccupied in a parking lot in Avon, about 20 miles west of Marshfield, the Plymouth County prosecutor’s office. said.

“We continue to search for Christopher Keeley,” Massachusetts State Police said. said on Twitter.

Keeley, who goes by the name Crispy, was described as white with blonde hair and blue eyes, standing around 5ft 7in and 140lbs. He may have altered his appearance by dyeing his hair red, police said.

His last known address was in Weymouth, Massachusetts, police said.

Anyone who sees him or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police at 774-434-5999 or the Marshfield Police Department at 774-380-4289, or call 911.



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