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    Jessica Edwards (30) found dead after missing for two weeks; her husband has been arrested

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    Family and friends of a missing mother from South Windsor organized a search team Friday morning to try and track her down.

    Jessica Edwards disappeared several days ago.

    Edwards' loved ones met at 10 a.m. to continue searching in a few different areas in the greater Hartford area.

    Police are also following up on leads, including Manchester Street in Hartford.

    That's where a streaming device belonging to Edwards pinged.

    "What?s really holding me up I guess is the hope I?ll find my sister," said Yanique Edwards.

    Friday marked the fifth day of the search.

    Family and friends of a missing mother from South Windsor organized a search team Friday morning to try and track her down.

    Edwards is 30 years old and is described as 5'3" tall and weighs around 150 pounds.


    Jessica Edwards from South Windsor was reported missing by her family.

    She is a new mom and recently was married.

    Her family said she disappeared early Monday morning.

    She?s a student at Manchester Community College and apparently emailed a professor early Monday morning to say she wouldn?t be in class; however, police said Edwards left her vehicle at home and turned off her cell phone.

    Investigators said they don?t have any evidence of foul play, but they haven?t ruled it out.

    K9 and aerial support teams are being used, police said.

    "It's extremely concerning and we haven't closed our doors to any possibility at this point," said South Windsor Police Sgt. Mark Cleverdon.

    Her family, friends, and police said they just want to make sure she?s safe.

    Family members were adamant that Jessica would not disappear without taking her baby with her.

    In fact, they said she just bought a matching cap and gown for her and the baby to celebrate her graduation day.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact South Windsor police at 860-648-6226

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    https://www.wfsb.com/news/police-con...282884e46.html

    Police conduct search warrant at home of missing South Windsor mother

    Police conducted a search warrant at the home of a missing mother from South Windsor.

    Police said they searched the home of Jessica Edwards on May 14.

    They also searched three vehicles in order to obtain evidence that might help them understand what happened to Edwards.

    "The area surrounding her residence was also searched with the use of Connecticut State Police K9s," police said on Monday morning. "We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to use all the resources at our disposal to help and find Jessica."

    Edwards was last seen one week ago.

    In the days since her disappearance, loved ones and law enforcement have been searching for the 30-year-old.

    Over the weekend family, friends and law enforcement searched extensively for Edwards in an area near her home.

    Police called her disappearance suspicious.

    May 17 marked day seven in the search for her.

    According to police, She was last seen getting into an unknown car the morning of May 10.

    The Manchester Community College student missed a clinical class at Hartford Hospital that morning, police said.

    Loved ones reported her missing later that evening.

    Since then, family, friends and volunteers have been extensively searching and handing out flyers and posters.

    Over the weekend, law enforcement canvassed the Cinnamon Springs Condominiums where Edwards lives with her new husband and 7-month old baby.

    Police said they are not ruling out foul play.

    Investigators have been using K9s and an aerial support team as they try to track the missing mother down.

    The search continues for a woman from South Windsor who has been reported missing by her family.

    Police said Edwards’ phone is off and she left her car at home.

    South Windsor police said Edwards’ friends and family have been cooperative with the investigation.

    Police have emphasized they need the help of the community in order to locate her.

    Anyone with information is asked to give South Windsor police a call.

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    https://www.wfsb.com/news/body-of-mi...16357e1c2.html

    Body of missing South Windsor mom found in East Hartford, husband arrested

    The search for a missing South Windsor mother ended in East Hartford on Friday.

    South Windsor police said the body of Jessica Edwards was found near Hockanum River Linear Park in East Hartford between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

    A heavy police presence was seen near the Hockanum River Reservoir all day on Friday.

    On Friday evening, South Windsor police said Edwards' husband, 22-year-old Tahj Hutchinson, was arrested in connection to her death.

    Hutchinson was charged with first-degree manslaughter and is being held on $1 million bond.

    Police said "location data" brought them to this area.

    "Every single day, we were able to get to the location where we ended up searching this morning," said Sgt. Mark Cleverdon, South Windsor Police Department.

    The area is described as a heavily wooded area with a high canopy.

    South Windsor police said Edwards' body had significant decomposition and they are awaiting a cause and manner of death from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

    "Obviously, there was significant decomposition as a result of being there from the timeframe that we believe she went missing. We're looking into all that and we'll have a better idea once the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides the autopsy and gives us a cause of death, which is still pending," Cleverdon said.

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    Connecticut mom dead after days of arguing with husband over guinea pigs

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    A Connecticut mother is dead, allegedly following days of arguing with her husband over guinea pigs he’d given her as a present.

    NBC News reports that Tahj Hutchinson appeared in court Monday after police found his wife Jessica Edwards dead Friday near a river in a wooded area in New Hartford, Conn.

    Hutchinson, 22, is said to have told police that he and his 30-year-old wife had been quarreling over the rodents for days, leading up to a May 10 fight in which she allegedly bashed him in the head with a laptop. According to the report, Hutchinson said she then grabbed a knife and the pair began to struggle until he subdued Edwards by kneeling on her back and neck.

    When he got up to tend to the couple’s 7-month-old son, Hutchinson said he realized his wife was dead.

    “He left her on the floor for the day and tended to his son throughout the day and evening, while her family was calling him looking to locate her,” police said.

    That evening, Hutchinson allegedly loaded his wife’s body into his Jeep when her family was en route. The victim’s sister allegedly told police she saw her brother-in-law closing the hatch of his vehicle quickly and saw a blanket in the back of the Jeep that may have been covering something.

    Investigators claim that nearly a half-hour later, Hutchinson arrived at the East Hartford Police Department, where he reported his wife missing. NBC says cell phone data helped lead law enforcement to Edwards’ body. He’s been charged with first-degree manslaughter with a $1.5 million bond.

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    https://news.yahoo.com/judge-oks-mur...150800491.html

    Judge OKs murder trial in young South Windsor mother's death

    There is enough evidence to proceed to trial on the accusation that Tahj H. Hutchinson murdered his wife, Jessica Edwards, in their South Windsor condominium unit on May 10, 2021, a judge ruled Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

    The ruling by Senior Judge Frank M. D'Addabbo Jr. came after a preliminary hearing lasting most of the day on the evidence against Hutchinson, 24, who formerly lived in the Cinnamon Springs condominium complex off Pleasant Valley Road.

    The standard of proof applicable to the hearing was "probable cause," which is among the lowest standards in the law.

    MURDER HEARING

    DEFENDANT: Tahj H. Hutchinson, 24, formerly of the Cinnamon Springs condominium complex in South Windsor

    LATEST: Judge finds enough evidence for trial on charge that Hutchinson murdered his wife, Jessica Edwards.

    NEXT: Lengthy negotiations, with plea bargain or trial easily a year or more away

    Among the most significant new information that came out during the hearing was the testimony of Dr. James R. Gill, Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Gill didn't perform the autopsy on Edwards' body but reviewed the work of the associate medical examiner who did.

    Gill testified that Edwards, 30, died of "asphyxia due to compression of the torso and neck."

    He said she had hemorrhages, or bruising, to the "strap muscles" in the front and back of her neck.

    Pressure that compresses the carotid arteries in the neck, which carry blood from the major arteries above the heart to the head and brain, causes loss of consciousness in 8 to 10 seconds, Gill said. But he added that the victim can regain consciousness if the pressure is released and blood flow resumes.

    To cause death, the pressure would have to continue "on the order of minutes," Gill testified.

    Prosecutor Robert Diaz emphasized that testimony in arguing that he had established probable cause to believe that Hutchinson intended to kill Edwards, an essential element of murder.

    Hartford Public Defender Damian Tucker, representing Hutchinson, suggested in his final argument that death could happen "in seconds and by accident." But the prosecutor said that was the opposite of Gill's testimony.

    In explaining his decision to find probable cause, the judge quoted Gill's statement that it would be necessary to maintain pressure for minutes after unconsciousness to cause death. Between that and other evidence, the judge found sufficient evidence of intent to cause death.

    After court, Edwards' brother, Mario Edwards, said, "It was hard to just hear all that stuff, that someone could be so evil, heartless."

    "We had to step out" during the graphic testimony, he added.

    Mario Edwards said he is "trying to get justice for my sister and my nephew as well." Jessica Edwards and Hutchinson had a baby son, who wasn't harmed physically but lost his mother.

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    https://news.yahoo.com/judge-oks-mur...150800491.html

    Judge OKs murder trial in young South Windsor mother's death

    There is enough evidence to proceed to trial on the accusation that Tahj H. Hutchinson murdered his wife, Jessica Edwards, in their South Windsor condominium unit on May 10, 2021, a judge ruled Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

    The ruling by Senior Judge Frank M. D'Addabbo Jr. came after a preliminary hearing lasting most of the day on the evidence against Hutchinson, 24, who formerly lived in the Cinnamon Springs condominium complex off Pleasant Valley Road.

    The standard of proof applicable to the hearing was "probable cause," which is among the lowest standards in the law.

    MURDER HEARING

    DEFENDANT: Tahj H. Hutchinson, 24, formerly of the Cinnamon Springs condominium complex in South Windsor

    LATEST: Judge finds enough evidence for trial on charge that Hutchinson murdered his wife, Jessica Edwards.

    NEXT: Lengthy negotiations, with plea bargain or trial easily a year or more away

    Among the most significant new information that came out during the hearing was the testimony of Dr. James R. Gill, Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Gill didn't perform the autopsy on Edwards' body but reviewed the work of the associate medical examiner who did.

    Gill testified that Edwards, 30, died of "asphyxia due to compression of the torso and neck."

    He said she had hemorrhages, or bruising, to the "strap muscles" in the front and back of her neck.

    Pressure that compresses the carotid arteries in the neck, which carry blood from the major arteries above the heart to the head and brain, causes loss of consciousness in 8 to 10 seconds, Gill said. But he added that the victim can regain consciousness if the pressure is released and blood flow resumes.

    To cause death, the pressure would have to continue "on the order of minutes," Gill testified.

    Prosecutor Robert Diaz emphasized that testimony in arguing that he had established probable cause to believe that Hutchinson intended to kill Edwards, an essential element of murder.

    Hartford Public Defender Damian Tucker, representing Hutchinson, suggested in his final argument that death could happen "in seconds and by accident." But the prosecutor said that was the opposite of Gill's testimony.

    In explaining his decision to find probable cause, the judge quoted Gill's statement that it would be necessary to maintain pressure for minutes after unconsciousness to cause death. Between that and other evidence, the judge found sufficient evidence of intent to cause death.

    After court, Edwards' brother, Mario Edwards, said, "It was hard to just hear all that stuff, that someone could be so evil, heartless."

    "We had to step out" during the graphic testimony, he added.

    Mario Edwards said he is "trying to get justice for my sister and my nephew as well." Jessica Edwards and Hutchinson had a baby son, who wasn't harmed physically but lost his mother.

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