Ellington Homicide Victim's Car Tampered With Before Her Death: Police

Police reports say the victim of an unsolved homicide reported to authorities that someone stuffed rags in the tailpipe of her car less than three months before she was shot to death at her Ellington home.

Connie Dabate was found dead and her husband, Richard, was found wounded on Dec. 23 when authorities responded to a burglary alarm at their home. Officials say their sons, ages 6 and 9, were in school at the time. No arrests have been made.

Connie Dabate called police Oct. 2 to report finding rags in the car tailpipe, according to state police reports obtained by The Hartford Courant. A week later, her husband reported to police that someone damaged his car windshield.

Dabate was found dead in her home the day before Christmas Eve with a gunshot wound. Police were trying to determine what activated the house's burglary alarm.

The mother of two was remembered as cheerful, kind and generous. The 39-year-old would also volunteer with a group at the Ellington Ambulance Corporation. 

There has been no arrests made in the case. 

No one has been charged with the vandalism.

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