By CBSBoston.com Staff

YORK, M.E. (CBS) — A Massachusetts man is accused of killing a woman in York, Maine on Friday. Jeffrey Buchannan, 33, was arrested after Rhonda Pattelena, 35, was found dead behind a rock on Short Sands Beach, Maine State Police said.

Both the suspect and the victim are from Bedford.

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State Police said calls began coming in around 4 p.m. for “a male assaulting a female behind a large rock on the beach.”

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Buchannan is being cahred with murder. (Photo Credit: York County Jail)

Buchannan and Pattelena had a child together and were domestic partners, said police.

Buchannan was charged with murder and taken to York County Jail. There is no threat to the public.

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Maine State Police are investigating and expect to be at the scene throughout the weekend.

CBSBoston.com Staff