Ruth Correa stands accused of one of the most terrifying crimes in recent history — a Connecticut home invasion and arson that turned deadly for an entire family. But who is the young woman?
Correa, a 23-year-old mom of two, has been living in the same Hartford, Connecticut home for the past two years and has no prior arrests, WFSB in Hartford reported. Her father is a state Department of Correction officer.
She appeared in Superior Court in New London on Monday after being arrested for the killings of Kenneth and Janet Lindquist and their son Matthew, and was charged with three counts of felony murder and a single count of murder of two or more persons at the same time.
She’s also charged with home invasion, first-degree arson and first-degree robbery. Correa has not yet entered a plea for any of the charges and she is being held on a whopping $2.5 million bail.
During the brief court appearance, several of her family members cried. One yelled, “say the truth, baby.” A warrant for her arrest was obtained on Friday and she was arrested over the weekend. During her appearance, a prosecutor said that Correa suffers from mental health problems, according to WFSB.
Kenneth and Janet Lindquist were found murdered inside their Griswold, Connecticut home, which burned to the ground in December 2017. The home was completely scorched, according to The Associated Press. Matthew Lindquist's body was found five months later in a woods near his parents’ home. Before his body was discovered, Matthew (pictured below) was considered a person of interest in his parents’ murder by police. His body was found only recently, on May 5, but police believe he was killed the same night as his parents.
The state medical examiner released the causes of death for all three family members on Monday and the records revealed that both Janet and Kenneth were murdered, killed by injuries to their heads. Kenneth was dead before the fire inside their house started, but Janet was still alive and suffered smoke inhalation, according to The Hartford Courant. Matthew Lindquist died of multiple stab wounds which he suffered all over his body including his head, chest and torso.
Although a motive for the killings hasn’t been revealed, police have made it clear that they don’t think that Correa operated alone. Her brother Sergio Correa (pictured below), 26, who is currently being held in jail for drug charges stemming from a February arrest, has also been named a suspect by police, according to The Hartford Courant.
He has not been charged in connection with the murders.
[Photos: Connecticut State Police, Hartford State Police]