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Police make arrest in missing ECSU student homicide


State police have arrested 30-year-old Jermaine Richards, of Bridgeport, in connection with the death of missing Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley.

Richards turned himself into Troop G Saturday afternoon.

Richards is currently being held on $2 million bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday.

The remains found in a wooded area in Trumbull on Friday were identified as Wiley.

Investigators said the discovery was made along Quarry Road around 10 a.m. Friday after a search by troopers and K-9s.

"State police cadaver dogs did an alert on what appeared to be human remains," state police Lt. Paul Vance said.

Wiley, 20, hasn't been seen since April 20 when she said she was going home to West Haven for the weekend. However, she wasn't reported missing until days later when she failed to return to campus.

State police contacted Wiley's family Friday to let them know what they found.

State police were also searching a reservoir Friday in Meriden near Hubbard Park and an area near ECSU in Williamantic where Wiley was reported missing.

The Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner was called to the scene off Quarry Road to determine the cause and manner of death.

The discovery is being treated as criminal in nature and remains under investigation by state police.

Police said the remains were found on a vacant land owned by a private party, so they spent a good part of the day securing permission.

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