The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 15, 2002


Carlisle couple found dead in car Police investigation looks for cause or motive

Police officers Richard Tornquist and Mike Taplin made a requested well-being check on a Carlisle couple last Saturday morning and found them both dead in a car parked in the carport at their home at 43 Fern Lane. Arthur Bisberg and Freida (Jacobson) Bisberg, both 70, were last seen alive on Tuesday morning, February 5.

Police chief David Galvin says the deaths are still under investigation. There was no indication of carbon monoxide poisoning and the car ignition was off. No suicide note has been found, nor any other information about the cause or motive for the deaths. Galvin said in an interview on Monday that his department "saw no signs of foul play."

The procedure to be followed in the police investigation is very specific. Every unattended death in this state is under the district attorney's jurisdiction and the state police, as well as local police, are involved in the investigation. The DA's office notifies the state medical examiner and authorizes removal of the deceased to the state's chief medical examiner's office in Boston. The state's chief medical officer conducts necessary examinations and issues a determination of the findings. Galvin and detective Scott Barnes of the Carlisle Police said that the results of the toxicology and other examinations are not available at this time and probably will not be available for four to six weeks.

The Bisbergs purchased their Carlisle home in June of 1977 and both were active in town organizations. Mr. Bisberg was known to many townspeople for his letters to the editor of the Mosquito on managing town finances. He served briefly on the Carlisle Finance Committee, appointed in May 1991 to fill a seat vacated by a resignation. Mrs. Bisberg was a member of the Carlisle League of Women Voters.

The couple have two children, Linda Abrams of Oak Park, Illinois, and Jeffrey Bisberg of Boulder, Colorado.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel in Brookline.

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