Mugshot of Robert Honsch, also known as Robert Tyree / Wayne County Jail, Wooster,Ohio.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - An Ohio man living under a new identity has been arrested in connection with the slayings of his former wife, a New York woman, and her 16-year-old daughter nearly two decades ago.
Until recently, investigators did not know the identity of either of the victims â?? found a week apart behind a strip mall in New Britain, Conn., and in Tolland State Forest in Tolland, Mass. DNA testing had revealed in 2011 that they were mother and daughter; items found at the scene had suggested the pair had ties to upstate New York.
Bizarrely, though, police never had any missing-persons reports on the women until last month when someone from Virginia Beach, Va., contacted New York State Police, authorities said.
That led to the identification of Elizabeth Honsch, 16, as the Connecticut victim and Marcia Honsch, 53, as the Massachusetts victim. Both had been shot in the head. The two had last lived in Brewster, N.Y., with Marcia Honsch's husband, Robert, investigators said.
Robert Honsch, 70, had later moved to Dalton, Ohio, where he reportedly was living under an assumed name with a new wife and children.
Investigators from Hampden County. Mass., New Britain and the New York State Police traveled to Ohio on Tuesday, interviewing Honsch and obtaining a search warrant for him and his home. The evidence collected linked him to the scene where Elizabeth Honsch was found, they said.
Robert Honsch was taken into custody Tuesday night on an arrest warrant out of Massachusetts accusing him of the murder of his former wife; he has not yet been charged in the teen's death.
He was in the custody Wednesday of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department in Wooster, Ohio, and was expected to be arraigned Thursday in Wayne County Municipal Court according to Hampden County District Attorney James C. Orenstein. From there he is expected to be returned to Massachusetts to face the murder charge in Westfield District Court.
"This arrest comes as a result of the determined work of many detectives who never forgot this case and worked tirelessly to determine the identities of these victims and to find out who was responsible for their deaths," the agencies' press release said.
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