9 Collins Way in Pelham

Authorities are investigating an “untimely death” at 9 Collins Way in Pelham, where neighbors say Donovan Billings and his wife, Jill, have lived for the past two years.

PELHAM — A home on Collins Way was cordoned off with crime scene tape Tuesday as local and state police investigated what authorities described as an untimely death.

Pelham police and fire personnel responded to 9 Collins Way about 1:30 a.m., according to neighbor Stephen Kelly, who said he has lived at 24 Collins Way for 14 years.

Kelly awoke to the commotion across the street about 1:30 a.m., he said.

“I looked out the window and there was two police cars at the top of the driveway,” Kelly said.

By 3:30 a.m., there were as many as seven police cruisers at the property, he said.

When Kelly’s wife took their children to school, she stopped to ask a police officer if it was safe to bring children back home after school and police assured her it was, he said.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and police issued a joint statement Tuesday, but offered no details.

The home sits atop Jeremy Hill in an upscale neighborhood and is co-owned by Donovan Billings and Billings Family Revocable Trust, according to town records. The family has lived there since 2017.

Neighbor Keith O’Brien said Billings, a certified public accountant, and his wife, Jill, are “nice folks.”

Neighbors said they have a teenage daughter in high school who lives at the home, along with the wife’s parents.

“They have a daughter, I’m very concerned about her,” said O’Brien, who says he is praying for the family.

Kelly said he saw investigators enter the home Tuesday morning wearing blue protective coverings on their shoes. He said Pelham detectives asked if any of his security cameras had a view of the home. Kelly told them none of his cameras were pointed in that direction.

On Tuesday afternoon, state police investigators canvassed the neighborhood while the State Police Major Crimes van was parked in front of Pelham’s police station.

Kelly said he never met the Billings and that Collins Way is a quiet neighborhood.

A manager at Billing’s Salem accounting office declined to comment Tuesday. According to state records, Billings started the business on Nashua Road in Pelham in 2006 and had recently moved it to Main Street in Salem.

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