Meriden police say they’ve found human remains while investigating the disappearance of a local woman.
Perrie Mason, 31, was reported missing Sunday. Police said Wednesday that Meriden detectives, along with Connecticut State Police and Waterbury Police, found human remains in Waterbury while investigating the case, but stressed that the remains have not been identified at this time.
"The identification process can take a few weeks. We are working with Ms. Mason's family and anticipate further updates in the future," Lt. John Mennone wrote in a media release.
Mason’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Jason Watson, was arrested in connection with a domestic assault that took place before she went missing. A judge called him a “prime suspect” in her disappearance.
According to officers, the incident happened a few days before Mason was reported missing. Watson was charged with strangulation, assault, unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct.
According to the arrest affidavit, Watson called Meriden police on Sunday to report that Mason might be missing, but that she also might be at her friend's house and that she was mad at him. He told officers that he would call them again if she didn't show up at work, police said.
Later that day, Mason's sister, who lives in Georgia, called Meriden police because she had not heard from her in two days.
She also told police about an incident from Thursday in which Mason told her that Watson had choked her unconscious while the two were fighting, according to the affidavit. Mason sent photos of her injuries to her sister, but said she didn't want to call police because she didn't want anyone to get in trouble, according to the documents.
In court on Wednesday, the state's attorney called Watson a suspect in Mason's disappearance and the judge at the hearing called him a prime suspect.
Mason is 4-feet, 11-inches tall and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on Mason's whereabouts is asked to call Meriden Police Detective Femia at (203) 630-6219.