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.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.