BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) - The Boston police detective who failed to arrest a "person of interest" in the murder of South Boston resident Amy Lord has been demoted to patrolman, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis announced during a public safety meeting held Monday night.
Hundreds of people gathered for the meeting during which Davis also said officials believe they are "on the right track" in their investigation of the kidnapping and fatal stabbing of the 24-year-old Bentley University graduate.
Police say Edwin Alemany, who is being held in two other attacks, is a "person of interest" in Lord's death. Davis said the detective who failed to pursue Alemany for a 2012 attack has been demoted.
A judge ruled Thursday that Alemany was unfit for arraignment and sent him to Bridgewater State Hospital for psychiatric observation. Alemany's attorney, James Greenberg, said Alemany was distraught.
Police say Lord was kidnapped last week in South Boston and forced to withdraw cash from five ATMs before she was killed. Her body was found in the city's Hyde Park section.
Lord's death has rattled South Boston, where many young professionals and students have moved in recent years. Police handed out free whistles to women last week and some gyms are offering self-defense classes. Police patrols have been beefed up.
Lord's wake took place Monday night in Springfield, and a private funeral will be held in her hometown of Wilbraham Tuesday.