Police Probe Discovery Of Possible Human Remains At Poverty Hollow Property
By Andrew Gorosko
Following hours of on-site investigation into the discovery of apparent human remains at a vacant Poverty Hollow Road residential property, town police and state police were comparing notes on the case at the police station on the morning of Thursday, April 15.
In a brief statement, town police said that at 1:09 pm Wednesday, police responded to a residential property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road to investigate a report of a possible human bone being found on the property by workers. Police did not describe the type of bone that was found.
The police incident log entry on the case lists the matter as an apparent “unattended death.”
Town police detectives secured the scene and called in the state police’s major crime squad for investigatory assistance. Multiple town and state police vehicles were still at the scene on Thursday morning.
Police reportedly removed several bags of unspecified material from the scene.
Police noted that they still have an open investigatory case that involves a report of a missing person that originated at the Poverty Hollow address in 1984. Police did not disclose the name of the person who had been reported missing in 1984.
Based on town assessment records, the listed owner of the property from 1973 to 2005 was John S. Heath. In 2005, the property went into foreclosure.
According to the town assessor’s online database, the three-acre property is currently owned by a firm known as 89 Poverty Hollow Road, LLC.
The state police’s public information office declined comment on the Poverty Hollow Road case, indicating that state police were only assisting with a Newtown police investigation.
It is not known if the Poverty Hollow Road case is linked to the 1984 disappearance of Mary Badaracco of Sherman.
In the fall of 2007, state police conducted an extensive excavation of the backyard at a Farrell Road home in Hawleyville in seeking clues into the disappearance and presumed homicide of Ms Badaracco, who was reported missing from her Sherman home by her daughters in August 1984. State police have said that investigators did not find Badaracco’s body or body parts in the Hawleyville excavation.
Ms Badaracco has not been located and she was declared legally dead in 1991. She was 38 years old when she was reported missing.
More details of the police investigations at 89 Poverty Hollow Road will be reported online at NewtownBee.com as they become available.