A Massachusetts medical examiner has ruled the death of a Woodstock jogger, Judith Nilan, a homicide. According to the autopsy, the medical examiner found that Judith Nilan died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
A Massachusetts medical examiner has ruled the death of a Woodstock jogger a homicide.
Judith Nilan’s autopsy was performed in Massachusetts because her body was found in a storage building that straddles the state line.
The medical examiner found she died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
Thirty-six-year-old Scott Deojay of Plainfield, CT is charged with murder.
Scott Deojay, the caretaker of Caroll Spinney who is the actor who plays Big Bird on Sesame Street, has already been charged with kidnapping and Connecticut prosecutors expect to bring homicide charges as well. The autopsy and police reports of the incident of Judith Nilan stated the following:
An autopsy showed the 44-year-old Nilan died of “blunt force trauma to the head and neck, causing multiple fractures, subarachoid hemorrhage and brain contusion by manner of homicide,” according to a report obtained by The Day of New London from District Attorney John Conte in Worcester, Mass.
An affidavit filed by police noted that Nilan was found bound, with her running pants partially pulled down, and that she “appears to have been beaten about the head.”
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A 36-year-old man, suspect Scott Deojay was charged with kidnapping and killing a middle-school social worker Judith Nilan.
The suspect, Scott Deojay, was being held on $1 million bond and was to be arraigned Wednesday. Vance would not say how Deojay, of Plainfield, knew the victim, 44-year-old Judith Nilan.
Nilan was reported missing Monday night by her husband, who said she went jogging and never returned.
The suspect is Scott Deojay, 36, of Plainfield. He’s being held at the state police barracks in Danielson and he’s charged with kidnapping in connection with the murder of Judith Nilan.
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Judith Nilan was reported missing and was last seen alive about 4:30 p.m. Monday, when she went out for a daily run. Judith Nilan’s body was discovered Tuesday in a building near her home, according to the state police.
The state police used tracking dogs, a helicopter and volunteers to search for Nilan.
Police later cordoned off an area off Red Head Hill Road, not far from the Nilan home.
The body, tentatively identified as Nilan’s, was found at about 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Vance said. It was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Farmington for an autopsy.
Judith Nilan’s body was found on the property owned by Caroll Spinney, the performer who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the television show “Sesame Street,” a town official said.
Nilan’s husband, Jon Baker, called police Monday night after Nilan failed to return from her daily run, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.
Vance would not say what led police to the storage building, which straddles the Connecticut-Massachusetts line about 6 miles from Nilan’s home and near her jogging route.
No suspects were in custody Tuesday afternoon, but police had solid leads, Vance said.
UPDATE: Arrest made in the murder of Woodstock woman, Judith Nilan
A 36-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested in connection to the death of a Woodstock woman.
Police say they arrested Scott Deojay after he was discharged from Day Kimble Hospital where he was undergoing a medical evaluation. He has been charged with kidnapping and is being held on $1 million. More charges are pending.
“We all, for the whole town, express out deepest sympathy for the family,” says Margaret Whalean, Woodstock First Selectman.
Police are awaiting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. An investigation lead to the arrest of Deojay for kidnapping. More charges are pending.