“He didn’t have property in the area and he didn’t have family (in the area either),” said Wells Sgt. Kent Berdeen Sunday morning. “We back-searched the hotel to see if he stayed there before, and, as far as the records say, he did not.”
Mass. sheriff under investigation found dead in Wells hotel roomDiPaola, 57, of 181 Kimball St., Malden, Mass., was found dead in Room 255 of Lafayette Resorts at 393 Mile Road at noon Saturday after apparently using his own service weapon to shoot himself in the head.
Berdeen said police found a 40 caliber semi automatic Glock pistol lying next to DiPaola’s body, which was only one of the two items the former sheriff carried with him to the hotel.
“He had no luggage,” Berdeen said, who added the only other piece of personal property police found at the hotel was a laptop computer. Berdeen said the computer has not yet been investigated by police and he doesn’t know if it was DiPaola’s personal or business computer.
DiPaola had driven his official police cruiser, an unmarked Dodge Charger, with radio and emergency lights installed, to Lafayette Resorts before checking into the hotel shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Berdeen said.
Berdeen said police investigation shows DiPaola had most likely killed himself between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday. Berdeen said guests of the hotel were mostly away from the building at that time, and that police found no one who had heard a gunshot.
“Nobody heard anything,” Berdeen said.
DiPaola was found lying on his bed shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to vacate his room by check-out time and cleaning staff found the dead bolt of his door engaged.
Katheryn Kelly, the manager of the resort, opened the door with a pass key and observed DiPaola lying on the bed. Responding officers confirmed DiPaola’s identification by looking at his official identification card, police said. Kelly was unavailable for comment at 10:45 a.m.
A multiple page note was left in the hotel room, but the content of the note is not being released at this time. Berdeen said Saturday the note was addressed to his wife and children.
DiPaola left behind three children and his wife, Adeline.
DiPaola had announced his retirement Monday, Nov. 22, amid controversy following his statement that he was planning to exploit a loophole in the state pension system.
The Attorney General’s office had then initiated an investigation into allegations of improper use of campaign funds by DiPaola.
Berdeen said local police did not know if the investigation had led to his apparent suicide, and said the contents of the multiple page note left by DiPaola had not yet been perused by local police.
He said the materials have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office.