The state is offering a $50,000 reward for information to solve the 2006 murder of Anthony Hamlin and troopers will be searching the crime scene on Wednesday.
A driver who was traveling on Shewville Road in Ledyard called 911 around 8:20 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2006 to report that there was a body in the field next to 448 Shewville Road, according to police.
Investigators responded and found Hamlin’s body in a vacant field.
The 41-year-old Groton man had last been seen alive in the area of the New London Transportation Center around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2006, police said.
The father of five and member of the Eastern Pequot Tribtold his family he'd grab something at Subway before catching a late train to head to Virginia for a new job, but early the next morning his body was found naked in a Ledyard field eight miles away.
For the last eight years, Hamlin's mother, Darlene, has prayed for answers and justice. Who would kill her son, Anthony, and why?
"It tore the family apart. It devastated the family," said Darlene Hamlin, who thinks about her son 24/7. "You didn't just take one life. You destroyed many."
But with State Police continuing to follow leads, she has hope she'll find answers.
"They're telling me this case is solvable, and that's all I want to hear. And I want to hear it before I die," said Hamlin.
An autopsy performed two days after Anthony Hamlin's body was found revealed that he died of blunt-force trauma. It was ruled a homicide.
Hamlin hopes that her son's murder will be solved one day soon.
"All I want is justice. I want justice for my family," said Hamlin. "Please help us. Give us peace."
On Wednesday, the State Police Major Crime Detectives, the New London Cold Case Task Force, Troopers from Troop E and Ledyard Resident Trooper’s Office, will be re-searching the property in the area of 448 Shewville Road as they continue to investigate the cold case.
Gov. Dannel Malloy authorized the $50,000 reward.
"We would ask anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may appear, to contact State Police, and any and all calls we take relative to this investigation will be held in strictest confidence," said Lt. J. Paul Vance.
If you have information, call the state Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad at (860)-896-3230 or text TIP711 land your message to CRIMES (274637).
You can also call 1-860-685-8190, the New London County State’s Attorney at (860)-443-2835, the Cold Case Task Force (New London County) Tip Line at 1-866-623-8058 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.