REVERE (CBS) — Investigators are seeking help from the public after a woman was found dead in her home Saturday afternoon.
Revere Police said Vanessa MacCormack, 30, was found unresponsive in her Grand View Avenue home around 3:30 p.m.
They said there were signs of trauma to MacCormack’s body, but did not say how she died.
“While the facts and circumstances do not immediately suggest a random incident, authorities said the investigation is still in its early stages,” Massachusetts State Police said in a statement.
Vanessa’s husband Andrew went to the house Sunday to pick up a baby chair and some other items. He left without saying anything, but stopped to break down and cry at the scene.
One of MacCormack’s friends told WBZ-TV’s Cheryl Fiandaca that they’re shocked about the second grade teacher from Lynn’s death.
“I can’t believe I have to use past tense. She was a beautiful, young, vibrant dedicated mother, wife, daughter, sister, co-worker and teacher. We are all just devastated,” the friend said.
MacCormack’s sister Angela Masucci says that Vanessa was an amazing sister and mother.
“Words could never describe my sister. My sister was the world’s best mother, she did everything for her daughter and had so many plans for her. She never missed an opportunity to bring her places to show off her beautiful baby,” Masucci said.
Masucci also says that Vanessa was a dedicated family person.
“She is the true definition of a family oriented person. She always held get togethers at her beautiful home, that she designed to be like a home on HGTV, and always strived to get the family together. Aside from being close to me, she also adored my brother Joe and his wife and son,” Masucci said. “She talked to them everyday and was ecstatic that her daughter had a cousin close in age to grow with. My sister had the closest relationship with my parents. Them and myself went to her house every single day because she always wanted us there; she just loved family.”
Reacting to the discovery, Lynn School Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham said Lynn Schools are saddened by the news.
“On behalf of Lynn Public Schools, we are profoundly saddened by the tragic death of Vanessa MacCormack, a second-grade teacher at the Connery Elementary School. Vanessa taught at Connery for five years and was in the district for seven years,” Latham said.
“She was a talented, dedicated and passionate educator and a loyal, kind and compassionate friend and colleague. We send our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues. Grief counselors will be at Connery beginning tomorrow and all of this week to assist students and staff at this most difficult time,” Latham said.
MacCormack’s Principal at Connery School, Dr. Mary Dill, echoed Latham’s thoughts.
“Our school community is heartbroken. Vanessa was loved by students, parents and colleagues. She was involved in every aspect of the school and a great friend to everyone on the staff. She will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family,” Dill said.
School officials also say grief counselors will be at the school Monday.
And the incident still has MacCormack’s neighbors wondering if they’re in danger. Neighbor Hugh McLellan is concerned for his wife.
“I get a little nervous I guess. I have my sick wife upstairs,” McLellan said.
Another neighbor, Tony Gnerre says what happened Saturday night is unusual.
“Usually we don’t see anything of this kind going on, but you don’t know,” Gnerre said.
Gnerre said the MacCormack’s were quiet people and that he sometimes saw them mowing the lawn. “There were no arguments, no parties, no anything,” He said.
Investigators said that anyone with information about her death or who was in the Grand View Avenue area throughout the day should contact Revere Police–and that any observation of people, vehicles, or activity could be helpful.