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Missing teen identified by police as person found dead in Edgewood Park pond

18-year-old Brandon Jenkins was reported missing on December 20.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — 18-year-old Brandon Jenkins left his home in New Haven and never returned.

On December 20, 2020, at approximately 7 a.m., Brandon’s sister heard him walk down the stairs, put on his boots and walk out the door. His mother, Brenda Cuffy was working an overnight shift as a nurse. When she arrived home that morning, she immediately noticed his boots were missing from the front door, where they always were.

After running upstairs and checking his room, she woke her daughter up, and her daughter told her she heard him leave at approximately 7:00 am. Brenda immediately got back in her car and went to look for him.

“I didn’t see his boots at the door. When I left to go to work they were at the door. That was so unusual for him to not be home when I got home in the morning” says Cuff.

She tried calling him all morning, with no success. At around noon when she tried calling him, his phone went straight to voicemail. This is when she began to worry and called New Haven Police.

“He was my companion. He was always home, and I miss that so much” says Cuff.

On Saturday, January 30, New Haven PD located a body in the ice-covered Duck Pond of Edgewood Park around 8:46 a.m.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) confirmed on February 4 that the victim was in fact, 18-year-old Brandon Jenkins.

The state OCME has not made a cause and manner of death determination.

The investigation is ongoing.

Jenkins was last seen wearing gamer headphones, a black and grey jacket, black joggers, black boots and he wears a blue lanyard around his neck.

If you think you saw him or have any information, you’re urged to call New Haven Police at 203-946-6304 or Private Investigator Mike Hunter at 203-915-1474. 

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