Man Convicted in Slaying of Wife Is Charged in 1995 Murder of His Daughter

A man who was found guilty in Massachusetts in the slaying of his wife has now been arrested in New Britain, Connecticut, accused of killing his 18-year-old daughter. Both women were found dead in 1995.

Robert Honsch is accused of killing his daughter, Elizabeth Honsch, whose body was located behind a shopping plaza at 589 Hartford Road on Sept. 28, 1995. She had been wrapped in a sleeping bag and plastic trash bags. 

The body of her 53-year-old mother, Marcia Honsch, was found eight days later, 40 miles away near the entrance to a state park in Tolland, Massachusetts. She had been shot in the head and had been dead for a week when her body was discovered, according to police.

The Honsch family had been living in Brewster, New York when the two women were killed.

The mother and daughter were found without any identifying information and were known publicly only as Jane Doe until they were finally identified in 2014.

Police said Robert Honsch had moved to Dalton, Ohio, and was living under the name Tyree Honsch.  He was arrested there in 2014. 

Robert Honsch was found guilty in Massachusetts in 2017 of first-degree murder of Marcia Honsch and is currently serving his sentence there.

He has been charged with murder in connection with his daughter’s death and was extradited to Connecticut today to appear on the New Britain charge.

Honsch is being held on a court-set $1 million bond and police said the warrant in the case is sealed.

The defense has said Robert Honsch had nothing to do with the deaths of Marcia and Elizabeth Honsch. 

Elizabeth Honsch's body was found near the area where remains of several other people were found in 2007. William Devin Howell was arrested in connection with those cases and is serving six consecutive life sentences for the murders of six women and a man whose bodies were buried behind the strip mall.

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