PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The body of a woman found Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Canoe Meadows wildlife sanctuary has been identified as Beverly Tanner, 57.
Tanner, whose last known address was on North Street, had not been seen since early January. Police say she was not reported missing.
The body was reportedly found by a couple of snowshoers off Wolf Pine Trail in the 262-acre sanctuary. It was fully dressed, frozen and partially covered with snow. A backpack was next to it. The death is being investigated but Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry told The Berkshire Eagle on last week that foul play was not suspected.
The preliminary ruling on the death is suicide, pending toxicology results, according to the district attorney's office. An autopsy was performed on Friday in Boston by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry Nields.
Anyone with information concerning Tanner's whereabouts or who may have had contact with her since early January is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700.
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I am saddened that this woman felt so alone that suicide was the only solution that she saw. I am also saddened for the innocent snow-shoers who discovered her body, one of whom was just a child. I hope someone is able to come forward and shed some light on this case.