Woman's Death in Ellington Incident Being Investigated As Homicide: State Police

A husband was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and his wife was found dead after an incident at their Ellington home Wednesday and the woman's death is being investigated as a homicide, state police said.

Troopers arrived at the 7 Birchview Drive home on Wednesday, December 23 around 10:16 a.m. after they received a 911 call at about 10 a.m. about an active residential burglary alarm.

When they arrived, troopers found resident Richard Dabate, 39, with non-life-threatening injuries. Dabate was transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment. Troopers also encountered smoke in the home.

As detectives continued their investigation, his wife, Connie Dabate, 39, was located in the home and pronounced dead at the scene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded and will examine the body to determine the cause and manner of death.

Troopers secured the scene and K9 units searched the area. The Eastern District Major Crime squad continues to investigate. The State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit was called to the scene and is assisting in the investigation.

Detectives remained at the scene overnight and are still working to determine what activated the burglary alarm and caused the injury and death to the victims. They guarded the driveway early Thursday and took pictures of the scene. They have since cleared the scene.

"We're executing a search warrant to go into the house and process the scene and the case is under investigation right now," Lt. Michael Thomas, of the State Police, said.

Neighbors were concerned because they're not used to police presence in their neighborhood. Ellington Public School officials called parents to advise them of the police activity. The incident never posed any threat to the public and community, state police said.

“There is no threat to the general public, nobody should be fearful," Thomas said.

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.

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