Barbara Hovey Novaes found dead in trash: authorities

Home of Barbara Hovey Novaes.

The home of Barbara Hovey Novaes.

A Massachusetts woman was found dead in a trash can this week. Authorities are investigating and naming no suspects. Barbara Hovey Novaes61, of Medford, Massachusetts, was reportedly in the midst of a controversial separation and divorce from her husband.

According to WCVB in a Friday report, she lived in a duplex residence with her adult son. He said he last saw her around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, officials said. He thought she was going to a nail appointment. But when he woke up the next morning, he couldn’t find her, officials said. Police said he called around 6:40 a.m. Monday. The front door of the house was open. Barbara’s car was still there. The son said he found her car keys and purse in the apartment. The search was short and ended in tragedy. An officer found her body in a recycling bin under the back porch.

The cause of death is unclear. Her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan allegedly said.

“We’re awaiting toxicology reports, and that’s going to take a little bit, so we’re on with that now,” she said.

Locals spoke warmly of Novaes. She taught Sunday school, said friend Rev. Carol Morehead of the Grace Episcopal Church.

“I don’t think she said an unkind word about anyone,” Morehead said. “Very generous and generous, funny, very caring. She did a lot of social justice work here.”

“She was very loving and caring for my family, especially my daughter Caroline, with whom she has formed a special bond over the years,” Everett Mayor said Carlo DeMaria said, according to NBC Boston. “We are all mourning her tragic loss at this time and pray that her family will find the strength to endure this terrible time.”

Novaes worked for a long time at the Everett Co-operative Bank in the town of Everett, which is near Medford.

She reportedly applied for a restraining order against her husband on May 9. She said the man came to her home several times on May 6 after drinking alcohol, according to documents obtained by the WCVB. He reportedly refused to go.

“The conversation then got a lot more emotional when he didn’t accept my decision,” she wrote.

She said she asked him to leave and she couldn’t speak to him after he drank.

“I stayed in my bedroom with the door locked,” she wrote.

Novaes withdrew that requested restraining order May 17, citing an agreement, according to NBC.

Police reportedly said she was called twice to the residence on November 16, 2021, following a suicide threat. Officials there also responded on February 8, 2022 over an allegation of identity fraud. They arrived the following April 21st due to a malfunction. Officials did not name the people involved.

The Novaes family members declined to comment to NBC.

The investigations are ongoing. Police are asking anyone in the Emery Street neighborhood Sunday night or early Monday to contact them. They also want video of the area around Emery Street and down to Winthrop Street. You can reach the Medford Police Department at (781) 395-1212.

[Screenshot via NBC Boston]

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