Prosecutors have identified the victim as Ashley Bortner
A 29-year-old mother whose dead body was found bound and burning at car near railroad tracks in Massachusetts was targeted, police say.
The remains of 29-year-old Ashley Bortner were discovered late last Tuesday after police received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle parked on the tracks near Oak and Crapo streets in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, WPVI reports.
Responding officers found a fire burning on the west side of the tracks. They determined it was a human body and called firefighters to extinguish the flames.
Bortner, who is originally from New Jersey, had moved to New England three years earlier, her family told Fox 25. “She was just very fun loving, beautiful, cared about everyone, never wanted to see anyone fighting,” said her sister, Dawn Hoyte.
Bortner was targeted and not the victim of random violence, according to the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office.
Bortner’s mother, Tamara Pack, told The Boston Herald that she has no idea why someone would have wanted to kill her daughter – but she has forgiven the person who did.
“I have forgiven the person who did this to my baby,” Pack said. “I have to forgive him or I wouldn t be able to go on.”
Pack told the Herald that Bortner had a 13-year-old son. Pack has been raising the boy for the last several years.
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A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for Bortner’s funeral.
The investigation is ongoing.