Monthly Archives: January 2010

Ken Ponte, former suspect in highway killings case, found dead in New Bedford home (Jan. 27, 2010 story)

NEW BEDFORD — Kenneth Ponte, the former New Bedford lawyer who was the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved highway killings case, was found dead yesterday in his Austin Street home, the district attorney’s office said.

NEW BEDFORD — Kenneth Ponte, the former New Bedford lawyer who was the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved highway killings case, was found dead yesterday in his Austin Street home, the district attorney’s office said.

New Bedford police found Ponte, 61, around 2:30 p.m. at 336 Austin St. after being called by a friend who had not been able to contact Ponte for two days.

Lisa Rowell, a spokeswoman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, said the preliminary investigation showed no evidence of foul play and that investigators do not believe the death is suspicious.

Rowell declined to say what the cause of death could be. She said

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100127/NEWS/100129941

Former suspect in unsolved highway killings case found dead in New Bedford home

Kenneth C. Ponte, a former New Bedford lawyer and the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved, 2-decades-old highway killings case, was found dead Tuesday in his home.

NEW BEDFORD — Kenneth C. Ponte, a former New Bedford lawyer and the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved, 2-decades-old highway killings case, was found dead Tuesday in his home.

New Bedford police went to Ponte’s residence at 336 Austin St. around 2:30 p.m. after a friend had been unable to contact him for at least two days. Police radio communications indicate the friend saw Ponte, 60, lying motionless on his couch in the living room.

Lisa Rowell, a spokeswoman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, said the preliminary investigation showed no evidence of foul play and that investigators do not believe the death is suspicious.

Rowell declined to speculate on the cause of death. She said investigators are

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100128/NEWS/1280332

suspect in unsolved highway killings case found dead in New Bedford home

Kenneth C. Ponte, a former New Bedford lawyer and the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved, 2-decades-old highway killings case, was found dead Tuesday in his home.

NEW BEDFORD — Kenneth C. Ponte, a former New Bedford lawyer and the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved, 2-decades-old highway killings case, was found dead Tuesday in his home.

New Bedford police went to Ponte’s residence at 336 Austin St. around 2:30 p.m. after a friend had been unable to contact him for at least two days. Police radio communications indicate the friend saw Ponte, 60, lying motionless on his couch in the living room.

Lisa Rowell, a spokeswoman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, said the preliminary investigation showed no evidence of foul play and that investigators do not believe the death is suspicious.

Rowell declined to speculate on the cause of death. She said investigators are

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100128/NEWS/1280332

Ken Ponte, former suspect in highway killings case, found dead in New Bedford home

NEW BEDFORD — Kenneth Ponte, the former New Bedford lawyer who was the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved highway killings case, was found dead yesterday in his Austin Street home, the district attorney’s office said.

NEW BEDFORD — Kenneth Ponte, the former New Bedford lawyer who was the only suspect ever charged in the still-unsolved highway killings case, was found dead yesterday in his Austin Street home, the district attorney’s office said.

New Bedford police found Ponte, 61, around 2:30 p.m. at 336 Austin St. after being called by a friend who had not been able to contact Ponte for two days.

Lisa Rowell, a spokeswoman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, said the preliminary investigation showed no evidence of foul play and that investigators do not believe the death is suspicious.

Rowell declined to say what the cause of death could be. She said

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100127/NEWS/100129941

Former suspect in New Bedford area highway killings case found dead


For years, Chandra Gregory wondered if the lawyer living in New Bedford was the person who killed her mother and at least eight other women in the late 1980s. Now, more than 20 years later, that man, Kenneth Ponte, has been found dead and Gregory believes he wasn’t involved.

“When I was younger, I was convinced he was the person. But now, after all these years, I don’t think so,” said Gregory, who was 16 when the skeletal remains of her mother, Debra Greenlaw DeMello of Brockton, were found along Interstate 195 in Dartmouth.

Ponte, 61, the only person ever charged in connection with the highway killings case in the New Bedford area, was found dead Tuesday in his New Bedford home after a friend was unable to reach him and called police.

Lisa Rowell, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, said foul play was not

Read more at: http://www.enterprisenews.com/article/20100127/News/301279552