A man and his 8-year-old son have been found dead in a Massachusetts home in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide, four years after the child’s mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
George Scott III and his son Dante Hazard were found dead at their New Bedford home after police conducted a health check for the couple on Friday morning, according to a press release from the Bristol County Attorney’s Office.
“Evidence recovered from the scene indicates that this was a murder-suicide,” the statement said. “Mr. Scott appears to have killed the boy with a sharp object before committing suicide. We await confirmation from the medical examiner of these and other details.”
The motive for the murder-suicide was unclear on Saturday.
Scott was the son of Red Sox Hall of Famer George Boomer Scott, who played in Boston from 1966 to 1971 and again from 1977 to 1979.
Dante was Scott’s son with Lisa Hazard, who disappeared in 2019 at the age of 28, according to a missing poster on the district attorney’s website.
Hazard was last seen leaving Scott’s home on March 3, 2019 to check into a rehab facility. She was never seen after that.
Scott was someone interested in Hazard’s disappearance. Detectives executed a court-issued search warrant at Scott’s home more than two weeks ago.
“These search warrants have been sealed by the court as part of the ongoing investigation into Ms. Hazard’s disappearance,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
The investigation into Hazard’s disappearance is ongoing.
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