This was sent to me by jonpants who then couldn’t take his own medicine:
Woman’s Body Found On Big Bird Actor’s Conn. Property
POSTED: 8:23 pm EST December 13, 2005
UPDATED: 8:27 pm EST December 13, 2005
WOODSTOCK, Conn. — The body of a woman who disappeared while jogging was found Tuesday on property owned by the performer who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the popular children’s television show “Sesame Street,” a town official said.
Woodstock First Selectwoman Delpha Mae Very cautioned against drawing conclusions, saying the property owned by Caroll Spinney is a very large tract of remote wooded land.
State police did not release information on any suspects. A message seeking comment was left at Spinney’s home.
The body of Judith Nilan, 44, was found in a storage building on the Massachusetts border at about 10:30 a.m. during a search by state police, tracking dogs, volunteers and a helicopter. State police said her death was a homicide.
“You just don’t think of those type of things happening in Woodstock,” Very said. “We consider it extremely safe.”
Woodstock, home to about 8,000 people, is about 40 miles northeast of Hartford and about 30 miles southwest of Worcester, Mass.
Nilan, a middle school social worker, was reported missing Monday night by her husband, who said she went jogging about 4:30 p.m. and never returned.
Her husband, Jon Baker, told police he searched his wife’s normal jogging route after she failed to return to their Woodstock home three hours after going out for her daily run. He called police after failing to find her, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.
Vance said he didn’t know if the storage building, which is about 6 miles from Nilan’s home, was near her jogging route. He would not say what led police to the body.
“There were leads and evidence that was discovered by investigators that were significant in moving this case ahead on a continuous basis late last night and early this morning,” he said.
No suspects were in custody Tuesday afternoon, but police had solid leads, Vance said.
“I don’t want to tell people not to lock their doors or anything, but I’ll say we’ve made some very good headway on this investigation and leave it at that,” he said.
The storage building is located off the road and straddles the state line.
Connecticut and Massachusetts authorities were working jointly on the investigation, Vance said.
The crime scene was still being processed and authorities had not determined which state’s medical examiner would perform the autopsy, Vance said.