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State Medical Examiner rules Guilford woman's death as homicide

The Office of the State Medical Examiner said the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

GUILFORD, Conn. — The Office of the State Medical Examiner (OCME) ruled that the manner of death of the woman who was found inside an address on Mohawk Trail was a homicide. 

The woman was identified by police as 42-year-old Lindsey Hopkins who was a resident at the complex in the Quonnipaug Hill community. 

The OCME said the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Police are still investigating what led up to her death and couldn’t elaborate on the injuries for us as the investigation continues. 

Police Chief Butch Hyatt said they were first alerted to this Thursday morning at around 10:30 a.m. through a welfare check. 

 “Someone close to the victim could not make contact which was unusual and reached out to us to do a welfare check,” Hyatt said. 

Neighbors FOX61 spoke with are feeling unsettled after seeing all the police activity over the past couple of days and hearing that this incident is being investigated as a homicide in their community.

Hyatt said it’s been more than 20 years since the last homicide in Guilford. 

“I just feel so badly for the woman, her family, her friends,” said neighbor Rebecca Zorsky.

Hyatt said they’re working on a number of leads, but could not share any suspect information with us at this time.

 “At this point, we don’t believe there is any danger to the public or the community up there at the condo complex and we’re treating it as an isolated incident,” he said. 

According to officials, when investigators arrived on the scene, the "circumstances they encountered" prompted them to reach out to State Police Major Crimes for assistance. 

Complex residents tell FOX61 the major crimes van was out from Thursday afternoon until early Friday morning.

The investigation is still active as detectives piece together what happened. On Monday, the OCME released the cause of death was blunt force trauma of the head and neck. 

From here, investigators are working to put together a timeline and identify who was last with the victim and talk to neighbors. If you know anything about this case, contact Guilford Police at (203) 453-8061.

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