Ellington Homicide Investigation Tight-Lipped One Month Later

Police are being tight-lipped about a homicide that took place in Ellington late last December. 

A woman found dead in an Ellington home the day before Christmas Eve died of gunshot wounds in a homicide, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington.

Connie Dabate, 39, was found dead at the scene of a 911 call at 7 Birchview Drive that originally came in as a residential burglary alarm call around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

In a previous interview with state police, they called the situation ‘unusual’ but would not elaborate why.

NBC Connecticut has reached out to state police several times over the last month. We are still being told that Major Crimes Detectives continue to actively investigate.

“It’s pretty much been hush hush. We haven’t heard anything, except for kind of through the grapevine. Nobody has notified us about anything,” said Hugh Haun of Ellington.

Troopers first found Connie's husband, Richard Dabate, 39, with non-life-threatening injuries upon their arrival. He was released from the hospital after. 

Troopers also encountered smoke in the home.

Officials from the medical examiner's office determined that Connie Dabate was shot in the head and abdomen and died of those gunshot wounds. Investigators have deemed her death a homicide.

Detectives are still working to determine what activated the burglary alarm and caused the injury and death to the victims.

State troopers investigated the Dabate’s home for days even searching the area with Police K9’s. It is unclear if they found anything of significance.

There is no threat to the public.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named at this time and there's no search or suspect at large, state police said. This was an isolated incident, state police said at the time of the incident.

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