State Police Detectives make arrest in Griswold fatal residential fire
On December 20, 2017 at approximately 5:15 a.m., Troopers from Troop E-Montville responded to 70 Kenwood Estates in Griswold for a fully-engulfed house fire. After the fire was extinguished, the remains of two people were located in the residence.
Connecticut State Police Detectives from the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) and Eastern District Major Crime (EDMC) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
Also, that same morning Connecticut State Police FEIU Detectives were requested by the Glastonbury Police Department to assist with the investigation of an abandoned car fire at 40 Nanel Drive, Glastonbury Luxury Apartments, in Glastonbury. Through the course of the initial investigation State Police Detectives found that the vehicle was associated with the house fire in Griswold.
On December 21, 2018, as the investigation continued, Detectives developed a person of interest in the Griswold fatal fire.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted a post-mortem examination on the fire victims and determined their identity as husband and wife Kenneth (age 56) and Janet Lindquist (age 61).
On May 5, 2018 at approximately 9:23 a.m., Troopers from Troop E-Montville responded to the area of Kenwood Road in Griswold, CT after human remains were found in the woods.
State Police Detectives from EDMC also responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted a post-mortem examination and determined the deceased’s identity as Matthew Lindquist (age 21), son of Kenneth and Janet.
On May 11, 2018, EDMC Detectives, with the assistance of Hartford Police Department, served two Search and Seizure Warrants on addresses in Hartford. Detectives seized numerous items of evidence and conducted several interviews.
On May 11, 2018, as this extensive and lengthy investigation continued, EDMC Detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Ruth Correa, a suspect in the fatal fire.
On May 12, 2018 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Ruth Correa (DOB: 7/16/94) of 1630 Main St. in Hartford was taken into custody and transported to Troop E – Montville where she was charged with Murder with Special Circumstances (murder of two or more persons at the same time), Felony Murder (3 counts), Home Invasion, Arson 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree. Correa is being held on a $2,500,000.00 court set bond and will be presented at Norwich Superior Court on May 14, 2018.
The investigation is still on-going and EDMC Detectives anticipate additional arrests.