Police hope note offers clues after body found in Milton

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By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / November 18, 2010

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MILTON — Authorities released new details yesterday of a note that they hope can provide clues about the grisly discovery of an apparent homicide victim in Milton Monday night.

A young black male, who has not been identified, was found dead on Brierbrook Street with massive trauma to his entire body, police said. Yesterday, Milton police released a photograph of a note found on the victim, which appeared to show the name Delonte Tisdale, though the letters of the first name are difficult to decipher. The note also read, “A lunch,’’ and included a scribbled signature and the date “10/19/2010.’’

Deputy Police Chief Charles Paris said the name did not come up in any of the area public school databases that investigators searched. He said the name also did not appear in the state criminal records database.

David Traub, a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating, said the name is “a very active’’ part of the investigation, which is being handled by Milton police and state troopers attached to Keating’s office.

Paris said authorities were seeking a search warrant yesterday for a white Audi sedan that was impounded Tuesday in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester, near Milton. He said it was impounded because it matched witness descriptions of a vehicle seen leaving the area where the victim was discovered.

Authorities have impounded a second vehicle, a Milton police officer said. The officer said he was not authorized to release details on the second vehicle, and neither Paris nor Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. could be reached for further comment.

Paris said police have conducted numerous interviews, but have yet to speak with a person of interest in the slaying.

The victim is described as possibly a teenager, about 5-feet-7, 120 pounds, with a slight build. He was found shirtless and shoeless, wearing blue jeans and gray boxer shorts. He had no wallet, and his left ear was pierced. His fingerprints were entered into the police database, but nothing positive came back, police said.

Wells said on Tuesday that the victim suffered several broken bones and endured massive trauma, particularly to the head. Additional evidence, including bone fragments, was discovered at the scene on Tuesday.

Brian R. Ballou and John M. Guilfoil of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at