A Connecticut man whose mother was reported missing last week has confessed to killing her, police said.
Kyle Tucker, 34, gave a “very detailed confession” to investigators to killing Donna Tucker, a 60-year-old Hamden woman who was reported missing Friday after her sister requested that police check on her since she hadn’t heard from her a day earlier, the Connecticut Post reports.
The investigation “shifted dramatically” as the search for the woman continued Saturday, when detectives started having “a growing suspicion” about whether Donna Tucker was truly missing, Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra told reporters during a press conference Sunday.
That’s when her son, Kyle, provided a thorough confession to police, telling investigators that his mother had actually been dead “several hours” before her sister notified police about her disappearance, Wydra said.
“We are confident we found Donna Tucker’s remains on the property,” Wydra said, adding that the cause of death is believed to be blunt force trauma.
Police had previously responded to Donna Tucker’s home on Broadway Street, where her unemployed son lived with her, according to the newspaper.
Investigators have not recovered a murder weapon.
Donna TuckerHamden Police Department
Kyle Tucker is being held on $5 million bail on charges of murder and destruction of evidence. He’s expected to be arraigned Monday in Superior Court in Meriden, the Connecticut Post reports. It was unclear if he had hired an attorney.
Kyle Tucker gave a motive to police for the killing, but those details have not yet been released, WTNH reports. He had previously displayed signs of mental illness, but never showed any indication in the past that he wanted to harm his mother, officials told the station.
Neighbors, meanwhile, said they were distraught over the loss of Donna Tucker, who loved spending time in her garden.
“She was the best neighbor anyone could have wanted,” Darlene Robinson told the station.
Al Kidd, another neighbor, said he was emotional over the loss.
“She was helpful, she was kind, she was considerate,” Kidd told WTNH. “I’m still absorbing it. I’m still trying to grasp all of what’s happening and I’m almost in tears sometimes over it.”