ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – The man killed in an apparent home invasion in the eastern Franklin County town of Orange has been identified, and police are on the lookout for a stolen car.
Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that 95 year-old Thomas Harty was killed during the Wednesday night crime at 581 East River Street. Harty’s 77 year-old wife, Joanna Fisher, sustained serious injuries, and is being treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Carey says that after the home invasion, a 2003 Toyota Corolla station wagon was stolen. The Toyota has a Massachusetts license plate number of M99949. It is gray or silver in color. The DA’s office had originally released a photo of a more recent-model Corolla wagon, but has since sent out a photo they say more accurately depicts the vehicle.
The crime was discovered on Thursday morning, and Orange’s police chief had requested that students at local schools shelter in place while officers investigated. The order was lifted early that same afternoon.
Elliot Higgins of Orange said, “You don’t expect that around here; you maybe expect an accident at most or something like that…The shock of having someone murdered, yes I’m more than surprised.”
If you have any information on the home invasion or the stolen vehicle, call Orange Police at 978-544-2128. You can also anonymously text-a-tip to CRIMES at 274637.