Investigators were collecting evidence outside a Waterbury business on Thursday as they continue to look for clues in the case of a missing Meriden mother.
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.
State troopers began Thursday’s search in the parking lot of a Brookside road business. Throughout the day, detectives were sifting through trash and pulling out shoes and old electronics.
Investigators located and a hammer in the dumpster and began swabbing the tool after separating several pieces of evidence.
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 Watson’s lawyer, the 38-year-old is an employee with Bay State Textiles, a clothing recycling company where investigators were searching.
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.
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.
Investigators in hazmat suits closed in on a dumpster in the back of the building. Detectives worked for hours trying to locate any type of clues into Mason’s disappearance.
According to Meriden Police, the major crimes division is actively processing all related evidence to find her.
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.