LOWELL, Mass. — Massachusetts authorities say a body discovered inside the trunk of a car is a murder suspect who sparked a neighborhood lockdown.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said a woman contacted the Chelmsford Police Department around 1:45 p.m. Friday after seeing what she thought was a hand sticking out from her trunk.

Lowell Police later identified the body as 51-year-old Ross Elliot, who appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

More than 100 police officers on Thursday night searched for Elliot. He was accused of fatally shooting a woman in the common area of a building where she lived in Lowell. Authorities say they previously had been in a domestic relationship.

Elliot was described as armed and dangerous. Police initially urged residents to remain inside their homes Thursday night.


This story has been corrected to say the body was discovered inside the trunk of a car, not truck.

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