Autopsies determine causes of death after Pittsfield couple found dead in home

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – Autopsies were conducted on a Pittsfield couple found dead in their home.

Crime scene tape surrounded 72 Harryel Street Monday as police investigated two deaths inside the home. Investigators were in and out of the home for more than 24 hours now looking into the deaths of 53-year-old John Kordana and 39-year-old Celeste Kordana.

Autopsy results determine Celeste died from blunt force trauma to the head. John died of asphyxiation and loss of blood from multiple superficial wounds. His injuries appear to be self-inflicted, officials said.

While police were at the home investigating, neighbors remained on heightened alert.

“Just want to know what happened how they died,” Matt Clairmont, a neighbor, said.

Clairmont lives down the block and says a mobile command center has been parked outside the home since Monday afternoon when the couple’s bodies were found.

Police say the fire department had to force entry into the home to conduct a welfare check and that’s when the Kordanas were found lifeless inside.

“I mean it’s pretty quiet down here so it’s kind of surprising.”

“It is very sad whoever would have believed it would happen,” Arlene Herrick, a neighbor, said.

Herrick says she’s in shock and the couple moved in after the death of their parents who also used to live here.

She says she saw nothing out of the ordinary and that the couple was very private.

“I wasn’t in touch with them. I didn’t deal with them.”

“Kind of kept to themselves as far as I know,” Clairmont said.


The Berkshire County DA says there is no evidence that a third party was involved.

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