A grisly triple murder, home invasion and fire that shocked a sleepy Connecticut neighborhood have led to one suspect's arrest, and more busts may be on the way, police said.
Ruth Correa, 23, appeared in court Monday on charges for the deaths of Kenneth and Janet Lindquist, as well as their son Matthew. Correa is charged with murder, home invasion, robbery and torching the Lindquist’s house after the killings last December. She did not enter a plea.
Police had initially considered Matthew Lindquist a person of interest in the murder of his parents, whose burned bodies were discovered inside the home. But several months later, on May 5, police found Matthew’s body near the site of the fire, according to WFSB-TV in Hartford.
New details about the crime emerged Monday, which indicate Kenneth and Janet Lindquist suffered severe blunt trauma to the head, according to the Hartford Courant. Kenneth Lindquist reportedly died from the beatings, but smoke found in Janet Lindquist's lungs indicate she was not dead when assailants lit the fire.
Matthew Lindquist tried to run away, but was killed as he tried to escape the carnage, according to the Courant. He was reportedly stabbed more than 40 times in his head, chest and torso.
Police charge that after killing the Lindquist family members, Correa and her potential accomplices burned the crime scene to the ground. The Lindquist’s car was found in a nearby town, also torched.
Prosecutors indicated a potential mental health issue with Correa, a mother of two, during the hearing Monday, according to WFSB-TV. At the trial some of her family members spoke out, saying “I love you” and “Say the truth, baby.”
State investigators served two warrants in Hartford Friday that helped them seize evidence. They arrested Correa Saturday and are looking for at least two more people who may have participated in the killings.
[Photo: Connecticut State Police]