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South Windsor, Connecticut’s Tahj Hutchinson arrested; Jessica Edwards found in East Hartford

Jessica Edwards (©South Windsor Police Department)

Tahj Hutchinson, 22, of South Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States has been arrested by the South Windsor Police Department. He was charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Hutchinson is accused of murdering his wife Jessica Edwards, 30, a clinical training student in respiratory care at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Hartford County. They lived in a condominium complex in Cinnamon Springs, South Windsor.

In October 2020, Edwards gave birth to their son Jayden Edwards Hutchinson. On May 9, 2021, which was Mother’s Day, she was with her sister Yanique Edwards and their mother.

Around 2:30 a.m. on May 10, 2021, an email was sent from Jessica’s account to her Hartford Hospital professor saying she would not be in the class that day. Later that day, Tahj and Jessica’s family reported her missing.

According to Tahj, Jessica left with an unknown person in an unidentified vehicle between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on the day she disappeared. Investigators did not believe it, the Journal Inquirer quoted South Windsor Police Department’s Sergeant Mark Cleverdon as saying.

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The Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad helped the South Windsor Police Department during the search and the investigation. The couple’s condominium and three cars were searched on May 14, 2021 and investigators were able to collect beneficial evidence on May 15, 2021.

Between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on May 21, 2021, Jessica was found dead at the entrance of the Hockanum River Linear Park off Chipper Drive in East Hartford, Hartford County. At around 9:00 p.m., South Windsor Police Department officers arrested Tahj.

Jessica’s body was significantly decomposed. Autopsy results have yet to be released.

Tahj was being held on a $1 million bail. Meanwhile, Jessica’s grieving family has asked for privacy.

“We feel for them and there’s no other way to put that,” NBC News quoted Cleverdon as saying. “They are grieving right now and they miss their daughter, their sister greatly.”

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