EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The body of a South Windsor missing mother was found Friday in East Hartford.
Jessica Edwards was reported missing from her South Windsor home last Monday, May 10. Police say she was found in a wooded area off Chipper Drive near the Hockanum River Linear Park Trail in East Hartford Friday, May 21.
For the last week and a half, family, friends, community members, and volunteers have searched for Edwards everywhere, praying for her safe return.
Police arrested 22-year-old Tahj Hutchinson, Edwards’ husband, around 9 p.m. Friday and charged him with first-degree manslaughter in connection to his wife’s death.
He is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
Hutchinson is being held at South Windsor Police Department and will be arraigned at either Manchester or Hartford Superior Court on Monday morning.
“We conducted our searches last week of the condominium and the vehicles involved, we will take that information and compare to what we found today at the crime scene, where the body was, and see what we can connect,” Sgt. Mark Cleverdon, South Windsor PD told the press Friday.
South Windsor police along with State Police Major Crimes detectives continued to move this case forward after numerous searches: three different cars, a condo, and a house, along with wooded areas. They say they were able to track a cell phone.
“It was more location data, related to a phone related to the investigation. So not specifically a physical item,” Sgt. Mark Cleverdon.
Edwards celebrated her first Mother’s Day on May 9 and disappeared the next morning, leaving behind a seven-month-old.
Police said Friday the infant was with the Hutchinson’s parents and is safe and secure.
Sgt. Cleverdon said, “They are grieving right now, and they miss their daughter and their sister greatly, so it is our obligation as an agency to make sure we are doing everything we can to find as much closure for them as possible, and we believe we are headed in the right direction with that.”