By Alana Melanson


LUNENBURG -- Human remains were found off Reservoir Road near Lake Shirley Thursday afternoon, according to Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Connolly said the remains were found by a hiker in a wooded area off of Reservoir Road.

"We do not have confirmation of the identity at this time," he said.

Connolly could not confirm whether the remains were of a man or a woman, the rough age of the deceased, or how long the remains may have been there.

"The Medical Examiner's Office has accepted the case and they will examine the remains, but at this time we do not see anything suspicious about the body," he said.

Connolly said the investigation is ongoing.

Janet Farrell, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., sister of Bob Farrell, 48, missing since August, said she received a call around 6 p.m. Thursday from a Massachusetts state trooper who told her the remains were being sent for an autopsy, but there was a high level of certainty it was her brother. She said she was told that clothing found with the remains fit the description of what Bob Farrell was last seen wearing when he disappeared.

Janet Farrell said it was likely he overdosed on the anti-anxiety drug Klonopin, an empty container for which she was told was found by the remains.

"It was kind of shocking. I didn't expect that," she said. "I just didn't think he was going to kill himself."

When her brother disappeared eight months ago on Aug.


2, he slipped out of the Pratt Road home where he was staying with friends and left behind his wallet with all of his credit cards, disconnected his cell phone and left what appeared to be a suicide note.

Janet Farrell said her brother had been very depressed at the time, because, a few years earlier, his girlfriend of eight years broke up with him and moved to Florida. taking their four biological sons, all under the age of 12, as well as another son from an earlier relationship that he'd adopted, and would not let him see the boys.

Still, Janet Farrell said the family was holding up hope he would be found alive.

"He always had a girlfriend--he just couldn't go very long at all without having a woman in his life," she said. "I thought maybe he had met somebody and was staying with her."

Janet Farrell is wishing now that she'd talked to her brother more, and that she could have done something to stop him. She said she hadn't spoken to him for about 20 years until he contacted her four years ago, and the spoke for about five months before an argument led him to once again break off the connection.

"I just wish we had reconnected, maybe I could have done something. I feel guilty I hadn't done more," Janet Farrell said. "It's too late now, there's nothing I can do."

Due to their estranged relationship, she said she has never met her nephews, but hopes their mother will allow her to do so.

Janet Farrell described her brother as a very angry person, who was addicted to drugs and alcohol and had developed a love-hate relationship with women due to their abusive, alcoholic mother who died from cirrhosis of the liver when they were barely teenagers.

"I think he's at peace now," she said. "I think he's with my father, whom he was very close with. I'm happy to think that he'd be with him."

She said she will be in touch with local friends and family to organize a memorial service.

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