Arrest Made in 2004 Cold Case Murder

East Hartford police arrested a 41-year-old man at 2:30 p.m. Friday in connection with the 2004 homicide of Trupti Patel, 36, at 200 Nutmeg Lane in East Hartford. Patel was reported missing by her husband on July 9, 2004 and her body was found later that evening in the basement of her apartment complex.

Kelvin Daye was taken in and charged with seven different counts including capital felony, murder and kidnapping. He’s being held on $5 million bond.

The investigation officially began on July 10, 2004 and after extensive processing at the scene, several valuable pieces of evidence were collected. Finally, July 1 of last year, the Forensic Science Laboratory, DNA Database Unit notified East Hartford police of a Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database match between DNA evidence collected at the scene and the DNA profile of an offender in the Connecticut database. Further evidence confirmed that DNA evidence collected at the scene belonged to Daye.

East Hartford police obtained an arrest warrant for Daye on Thursday. Daye had been in custody since July 31, 2006, first by the Connecticut Department of Corrections until Oct. 27, 2009 when he was turned over to the United State Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency facing deportation as an illegal alien.


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