NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts man suspected of killing his mother on Cape Cod over the weekend has died, according to the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.
Adam Howe, 34, suffered a “medical emergency” in his cell at the Ash Street Jail in New Bedford late Sunday night. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities responding to a well-being check and a separate report of a fire around 9:30 p.m. Friday in Turo, Massachusetts, found Howe standing in the front yard of a home next to a fire that officials soon discovered was a burning body.
Police said the body was identified as his mother, 70-year-old Susan Howe.
The Cape and Island District Attorney told the Boston Globe his office tried unsuccessfully to have Howe placed at Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following his arrest.
“Out of respect for the family, we have no additional comment or details. That family has been through a lot this weekend; please keep them in your prayers,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.
Massachusetts State Police are investigating his death.