GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP and WTIC-AM) _ Family members and friends of an East Hampton woman who was reported missing in late July say they believe human remains found in Glastonbury are hers.
Police say a woman walking her dog in the woods found remains in a shallow grave Sunday morning.
“Windham Road is a heavily wooded area,” said Sergeant rich McKeon. “There are dirt trails in the area. People do walk dogs in there and hike.”
On Monday morning, police did not publicly release the name of the person whose body was found. They were waiting for the chief state medical examiner’s office to confirm that information, and provide information about the cause of death.
A statement was released on a Face Book page devoted to finding Barnum:
“It is with a great deal of remorse that I and my family deliver this news. Late last night Jini’s body was recovered. We pray that she is in a better place now, happy, and with our Dad. I know she will watch her children grow up to have her best qualities. Her amazing heart, and passion and her love. Jini you will forever be missed, and never forgotten. We love you!”
Jini Barnum was last seen leaving her home on July 28 after an argument with her boyfriend. Her child was 6 weeks old at the time.
Her boyfriend was the last person known to have spoken with her. He was arrested in early August and is being held on a charge of violating special parole.
He was convicted of kidnapping and rape in 2002, but police say he is not a suspect in Barnum’s disappearance.