Man found dead at Webster shopping plaza identified

Massachusetts authorities are identifying the man who was found dead outside a mall in Webster. Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early said someone reported around 2:45 a.m. Friday that a person was sleeping near the garden section of the Big Lots store at East Main Street Plaza in Webster. When officers responded, they discovered the deceased man. On Sunday, Early’s office identified the man as 39-year-old Joseph Bottis, who Early said was known to police. An autopsy will determine the cause and circumstances of Bottis’ death, Early said. The mall, which includes Big Lots and Planet Fitness, was closed Friday afternoon for the investigation. “Nothing like this ever happened when they shut down an entire plaza and all the businesses, so I knew something was up,” said Aimee Estabrooks, of Webster. Estabrooks remembers hearing fireworks on Thursday night, and possibly gunshots as well. see the fireworks. but then when we heard the loud bang, I didn’t see the fireworks,” Estabrooks said. “So we just kept going back and forth to see what was going on. We just see a lot of people in suits prowling around an area. We’re just like very confused,” Webster’s Jolin Etpison said. Angel Lopez, who believes he knows who the victim is, said he has not seen his friend since Thursday. Lopez said the man recently told her he was being taunted by two other men. police and State Police detectives assigned to Early’s office continue to investigate Bottis’ death. Anyone with information is asked to call Webster Police at 508-943-1212.Video below: Worcester County DA on suspicious death at mall.

Massachusetts authorities are identifying the man who was found dead outside a mall in Webster.

Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early said someone reported around 2:45 a.m. Friday that a person was sleeping near the garden section of the Big Lots store at East Main Street Plaza in Webster. When officers responded, they discovered the deceased man.

On Sunday, Early’s office identified the man as 39-year-old Joseph Bottis, who Early said was known to police.

An autopsy will determine the cause and circumstances of Bottis’ death, Early said.

The mall, which includes Big Lots and Planet Fitness, was closed Friday afternoon for the investigation.

“Nothing like this ever happened when they shut down an entire plaza and all the businesses, so I knew something was up,” said Aimee Estabrooks, of Webster.

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Estabrooks recalls hearing fireworks Thursday night, and possibly gunshots as well.

“We saw the fireworks. But when we heard the loud bang, I didn’t see the fireworks,” Estabrooks said.

“So we just kept going back and forth to see what was going on. We just see a lot of people in suits prowling around an area. We’re like very confused,” Webster’s Jolin Etpison said.

Angel Lopez, who believes he knows who the victim is, said he has not seen his friend since Thursday. Lopez said the man recently told her he was being taunted by two other men.

“We heard these people taunt him non-stop. And it’s not just yesterday. It’s been a week now,” Lopez said.

Webster Police and State Police Detectives assigned to Early’s office continue to investigate Bottis’ death. Anyone with information is asked to call Webster Police at 508-943-1212.

Video below: Worcester County DA on suspicious death at mall.

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