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Man arrested in connection to 23-year-old man’s body found along East Lyme road

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EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have made an arrest Thursday in connection to a man’s body found along a road in East Lyme on June 2, 2020.

According to police, officers responded to the scene at around 10 p.m. June 2, after a deceased man was spotted off the roadway on West Society Road, in the area of the Exit 73 off-ramp of I-95.

On June 3, police identified the man as 23-year-old Jonathan Dawson, of Bridgeport. The chief medical examiner has determined his cause of death to be a gunshot wound.

East Lyme Police and Connecticut State Police’s Major Crimes Unit are working in collaboration on this case. They believe there is no threat to the public.

On July 16, Bridgeport Police Department reported an arrest had been made in connection to Dawson’s death.

Police say Jefton Brown, 25, of Bridgeport, picked up Dawson from his home with a rental car and shot and killed Dawson inside the vehicle. Brown later dumped Dawson’s body on the side of the road in East Lyme.

Police learned that Brown went to great lengths to repair and clean the rental vehicle to hide evidence of the crime.

Detectives located the rental vehicle and found significant evidence from it that was instrumental in charging Brown with Dawson’s murder. BPD says they also received assistance from the FBI in establishing probable cause to charge Brown.

According to police, some time after the homicide, Brown fled the state to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Brown was arrested by U.S. Marshals Thursday morning. He will be extradited back to Connecticut pending future court appearances.

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