Body Found in Cheshire Is Missing Woman


The state medical examiner positively identified the body found near a Cheshire industrial park as Cynthia Cannon Tuesday.

Her body was discovered wrapped in a tarp just off Knotter Drive Monday night.

The medical examiner says Cannon died of a blunt traumatic head injury and stab wounds to the chest.

Cannon, 35, was last seen Thursday, May 6.  Her husband reported her missing the next day. 

Police are crediting the media coverage for the discovery.  A truck driver noticed a tarp on Friday and thought it was strange.  After watching news reports over a couple of days, he decided to report it to police.

“He actually saw the tarp late last week. He mentioned it to his family and someone said, ‘Hey, maybe you should check that.’ So when he went by it again, so he did,” Chief Neil O'Leary, of Wolcott police, said.

Under that tarp, he found the decomposing body of a woman.

The body was found across from a Comfort Suites and police told the Waterbury Republican-American that Cynthia's husband, Patrick Cannon, 44, stayed around the time his wife was reported missing.

Patrick Cannon was arrested on May 10 and charged with murder, but  police hadn't  been able to find the body of the missing mother of two.

Police found Cynthia Cannon’s Jeep not far from where the couple lived and recovered evidence inside and on the outside of the vehicle.

Evidence was also collected from the couple’s house at 207 Spindle Hill Road. A sleeping bag with possible bloodstains was also found nearby, near a local reservoir, police said. It is one she used during a recent Girl Scouts camping trip.

Wolcott police have scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to address the new details in the case.

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