Fake body exhumed by police to crack Connecticut Cold Case

Connecticut police on Wednesday exhumed a body as part of a decades-old investigation into a cold case – but the remains unearthed turned out to be the wrong person.

The mishap happened at State Street Cemetery in Hamden by authorities investigating the case of a 1975 Jane Doe who was found dead, wrapped in a tarp, in a drainage ditch behind a department store.

Authorities exhumed the body of what they believe to be an unidentified woman, only to find a man buried in that grave, East Haven police told WTNH News 8.

Police believe the murder victim was buried in the cemetery after receiving a tip.

“The exact coordinates we originally departed from appear to be incorrect,” East Haven Police Captain Joseph Murgo told News 8. “So we need to pursue further investigative leads.”

“They never marked the grave, and that’s part of the challenge of trying to find their actual burial site.”

Sketch of the victim
The body unearthed belonged to a man while they searched for the remains of a young woman.

Police have assembled several suspects in the nearly 50 years since her death, but in order to better target the actual perpetrator, police need to know who the victim was, according to the TV network.

“Generations of detectives worked extremely hard on this case, but they didn’t have the modern technology that we have today. So we’re confident that we can apply today’s advances to this case and hopefully identify it,” Murgo told News 8.

When the Jane Doe was originally found, there was no indication who she was, said former New Haven police officer Tony Griego, who has been handling the case since his retirement, News 8 reported.

She was buried a year after her discovery.

With mail wires Fake body exhumed by police to crack Connecticut Cold Case


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