State takes down stairs where BU prof died
‘We felt it was important,’ Baker says
THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION over the weekend took down and removed the rusted-out, fenced-off stairs near JFK/UMass Station on the MBTA’s Red Line in Dorchester where the body of Boston University professor David Jones was found on September 11.
Jones’s body was discovered underneath the stairs, which had been closed and barricaded since January 2020. Jones, who lived in Milton, had been out running. The removal of the stairs was first reported by the Dorchester Reporter.
A State Police spokesman said detectives have “irrefutable evidence” that Jones had been on the steep stairs even though a wire fence blocked the bottom entrance on Old Colony Avenue and a jersey barrier and chain link fence blocked the entrance on the Columbia Road overpass. The spokesman declined to say what evidence detectives had.
It’s become something of a mystery why Jones would have ventured out on the stairs, which were missing several steps.
Pressed to explain the decision to remove the stairs, Baker said a number of steps were missing. When it was pointed out that photographs from close to a year ago indicated several steps were missing then, Baker said: “I think we felt it was important to take it down.”