Suspect in woman’s body found in Athol pleads not guilty, held without bail


ATHOL, Mass. (WWLP) – A man suspected of killing a woman and dumping her body near a wastewater plant treatment in Athol was held without bail during his arraignment on Tuesday.

Woman’s body found near wastewater treatment plant in Athol

Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey told 22News 23-year-old Keith Hamel was arrested on Monday in downtown Athol upon probable cause that he had committed a felony in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Kelsey Clifford of Leominster.

His attorney entered a not guilty plea on Hamel’s behalf during his arraignment at Orange District Court.

According to documents read in court, Hamel is alleged to have assaulted Clifford, causing her death. Her body was found on November 11, outside the wastewater treatment plant in Athol.

The defense attorney described their relationship as “acquaintances with mutual friends.” Prosecutors did not reveal a motive for the murder.

Hamel is due back in court on February 14.

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