WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Willimantic Police Chief Paul Hussey referred to the woman’s death as “a deeply troubling case” on Sunday after she was found dead in a basement.
The woman, who was later identified as 63-year-old Joyce Grayson, was reported missing by her family around 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to Willimantic police. Her family reported she was unaccounted for, and they believed she was in Willimantic.
News 8 learned through documents obtained in Danielson Superior Court she was a visiting nurse, whose first appointment of the day was at a home on Chapman Street.
Willimantic police said, during their investigation, they found her car at a nearby business. A police K-9 unit conducted a track from her car to the house on Chapman Street. Once they arrived back at the home, police said they found the missing woman dead in the basement.
“This is a deeply troubling case on many levels, and one of the worst cases I have seen in 27 years in law enforcement,” Hussey said in a written statement. “Our condolences go out to the family of the victim.”
Police arrested someone at the scene on unrelated charges. Connecticut State Police, who’ve taken over the investigation, told News 8 that person is 38-year-old Michael Reese. He was charged with larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia — and was not present at his arraignment at court on Monday.
According to court documents, he lived at the home where the woman was found and set to be her first appointment of the day. When Willimantic police spoke with him, these documents reveal he was found with a knife and a glass smoking pipe.
No one has been charged in connection to the woman’s death.
Willimantic police said this was an isolated incident and there’s no threat to the public. They’re asking anyone with information about this incident to give state police a call.
Calling hours for Grayson will be held on Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tillinghast Funeral Home in Killingly. The funeral service will then be held on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Federated Church of Christ in Brooklyn.
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