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East Hartford Woman Identified In New Britain Cold Case

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Joyvaline “Joy” Martinez. Photo courtesy of her family.

Joyvaline “Joy” Martinez. Photo courtesy of her family.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ One of four skeletons found near a shopping plaza in New Britain has been identified as an East Hartford woman who went missing in 2003.

New Britain police on Wednesday said they used DNA provided by a relative to identify the remains of Joyvaline Martinez.

Her bones, along with the remains of two other women, were discovered behind a shopping plaza off Hartford Road by a hunter in 2007. Another set of remains was discovered in the same area in 1995, and linked to a body found in Tolland, Mass.

It’s not clear if all the cases are related.

Diane Cusack Courtesy New Britain PoliceTwo years ago, police identified one of the victims from the 2007 discovery as Diane Cusack, a 52-year-old woman whose last known address was in New Britain.  (See earlier story)

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