Jessica Edwards

Husband Arrested in Connection to Death of Missing Mother Jessica Edwards: Police

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The body of missing South Windsor mother Jessica Edwards was found Friday in East Hartford, police said, and her husband has been arrested in connection with her death.

Edwards, a 30-year-old South Windsor woman and mom to a 7-month-old baby boy, has been missing since Monday, May 10.

State police spent much of the day in the area of Chipper Drive, not far from Hockanum River Linear Park. Her body was found in a wooded area beyond the end of Driver Road, according to police.

South Windsor Police confirmed Friday night that her husband, 22-year-old Tahj Hutchinson, has been arrested in Manchester in connection with her death. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter and is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

Police said they were able to obtain a confession from Hutchinson but did not provide details on what the confession entailed.

Investigators said more charges may be filed pending the results of an autopsy and the ongoing investigation.

"We believe we have a good grasp on what happened," said South Windsor Police Sgt. Mark Cleverdon.

Cleverdon said at this time, police do not believe Edwards got into a vehicle with someone she did not know at the time she went missing.

Police said Friday that Edwards' child is safe and with family members.

Police said they were able to locate Edwards' body after receiving "technological data," later clarified as location data from a phone.

Jessica Edwards reported missing
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Police later were at a scene on Fairview Avenue in Manchester that they said was connected with the disappearance of Edwards.

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Police scene on Fairview Avenue in Manchester on Friday

Jessica went to her mother’s house in East Hartford on Mother’s Day and South Windsor Police said Edwards’ husband told them he last saw his wife last Monday morning.

He said she got into a car with friends to go to a training session at Hartford Hospital, but he didn't see the car or know the friends, according to police.

Police said Jessica called out of her clinical training at Hartford Hospital last Monday, police said, and that message was sent at 2 a.m. Monday.

South Windsor Police said they have been trying to pinpoint her every move from the moment she left her mother’s house on Mother’s Day to when she was reported missing the next day.

Hutchinson, currently in the custody of South Windsor police, is set to appear in Court on Monday morning.

The investigation is ongoing.

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