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Arrest Made In Death Of Missing ECSU Student

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Alyssiah Wiley.

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TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP)   Almost a month after Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley disappeared, authorities on Saturday identified her remains and charged a Bridgeport man in her death.

Wiley’s body was found Friday in a wooded area of Trumbull, near Bridgeport, after being discovered by a cadaver dog, authorities said. A few hours later, state police announced murder and kidnapping charges against 30-year-old Jermaine Richards.

The 20-year-old Wiley was reported missing from the school on April 24. The sophomore psychology major was last seen April 20 in Willimantic en route to the university’s campus.

Campus and state police searched that area and other parts of the state; troopers used aircraft as part of their search for Wiley and interviewed numerous people who knew her.

Investigators said Richards turned himself in after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said Richards was being held on $2 million bail. He is due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday.

Police said they searched Richards’ home and removed evidence but did not specify what had been recovered. Police found a black Nissan Altima last week near the Bridgeport-Fairfield line that they said was connected to the case, but officials wouldn’t say how it was related.

A medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Wiley’s death.

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