Cape Cod Man Adam Howe Accused of Killing Mother, Burning Her Body

Adam Howe was arrested on Friday night after the Cape Cod SWAT team raided the house. Authorities were called to the home in the town of Truro by family friends who were seeking a welfare check on Howe's mother, Susan.

Cape Cod Man Adam Howe Accused of Killing Mother, Burning Her Body
Susan Howe pictured with her son, Adam, at the birth of his daughter in 2019

TRURO, Mass. — Cape Code Police say they arrested a man who allegedly lit his mother on fire in front of her home, according to District Attorney Michael O’Keefe.

Adam Howe, 34, is facing a murder charge after he was arrested by the Cape Cod SWAT team late Friday night at his home.

Officials were first called to the home in Truro around 9:30 p.m. for a well-being check as well as a separate fire report, officials said. When officers arrived at the scene they realized a body was burning in the fire and they saw Howe run inside the house where he locked the door.

The SWAT Team responded and entered the home where they arrested Howe. Authorities said the evidence suggested that his mother, Susan Howe, 70, was the person whose body was burning in the outside fire.

A source close to the family told Georgia Newsday that Adam suffered from heroin addiction. 

Adam said in a Facebook post that he married his wife, Ailey, in December 2019

The source said that Adam had been living with his mother and that she had been on the verge of kicking him out due to his drug use. 

Howe will receive a mental health evaluation based on what family members told officers.

State Police Detectives, the DA’s Office, Truro Police, and the State FireMarshalls Office are actively investigating the incident.

No further information has been released at this time.