Police to look into unsolved WMass murder again

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Stockbridge’s outgoing police chief says he’s been talking to his successor about renewing the investigation into an unsolved homicide in town nearly nine years ago.

Chief Richard Wilcox is stepping down at the end of this week after 28 years leading the department. Robert Eaton Jr. is his successor.

Wilcox says the inability to solve the May 2005 slaying of 52-year Jan Stackhouse, a labor organizer from Brooklyn, N.Y., is one of his major frustrations as chief. Stackhouse, visiting friends, was found on a rural road with a fatal neck wound. It was the town’s first homicide in 35 years.

Wilcox tells The Berkshire Eagle he and Eaton have been talking about the case and plan on taking a new l1ook at it with investigators from the district attorney’s office.

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