MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A Meriden man is being charged with the murder of his fiance, who went missing before she was found dead last August.

Police say that they have secured an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Jason Darnell Watson for murder in connection with the death of Meriden mom, Perrie Mason. The body of the 31-year-old mother of two from Meriden was found in Waterbury last August.

Perrie Mason (Meriden police)

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Watson had previously been behind bars for strangulation, assault, and unlawful restraint from an incident that happened days before Mason disappeared.

Police believe Mason was assaulted by her ex-fiancé just two days after they broke up, and they believe the break up was his motive. Police say Watson choked Mason until she blacked out.

They had been communicating through that Saturday about separating. That night, Mason attempted to call 911 twice. The next day, her ex-fiancé called the police to report her missing.

Mason went missing on August 18, 2019. Investigators then discovered her remains near where Watson worked in Waterbury three days later.

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Watson was the main suspect in Mason’s murder and after a lengthy investigation, police secured a warrant to formally charge him.

Mason is being arraigned on Wednesday morning. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty.