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PD: Autopsy Today on Female Homicide Victim Found in Middletown

Investigators are still looking into the death of an unidentified woman found Saturday at Westfield Falls — her most significant feature is the rose tattoo on her shoulder with the name, "Melissa."

As the state medical examiner's office conducts an autopsy today in Farmington, investigators are still seeking to identify the woman found dead of an apparent homicide Saturday at Westfield Falls in Middletown.

According to the OCME, autopsies are performed on all homicide victims and gunshot victims.

State and local officers are hoping by releasing the photo of the heart-shaped tattoo with the name "Melissa" on her left rear shoulder, members of the public, including tattoo artists, can offer clues the woman's identity.

Hikers enjoying a trail leading to a bucolic waterfall just up from a 9-hole golf course made a grisly discovery Saturday afternoon after following a substance along the ground that appeared to be blood, according to Middletown Police.

Police say the body of a woman was found face down in the water under the bridge at Westfield Falls in a remote section of town off Miner Street, just up the road from the at 1 p.m.

She is described as "most likely" Hispanic, ages 18 to 30, according to police, with long brown hair, 5 foot 4 inches to 5 foot 6 inches in height and weighing 110 to 120 pounds.

Middletown Police are working with state police major crimes this evening for clues to the woman's identity and cause of death.

Just before 1 p.m., police said, hikers discovered the body, which had been dragged to the area, and alerted police.

Golf course owner Michael Streckfes was out near the entrance to the Miner Hills Cemetery Saturday, directing those stopping by to golf past the "road closed" signs at Smith Street. With the clear skies, strong sun and pleasant breeze, his course had enjoyed a huge number of golfers since the 9 a.m. opening.

Major crimes investigating a homicide just yards from the entrance of such a tranquil part of town was quite a juxtaposition.

Officials say the woman's body may have been in that spot for 24 to 48 hours and are asking anyone with information or who recognizes the description to call Middletown Police at (860) 344-3200.

vilma garcia June 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Oh my god this really hit home I know diana and she has always been such a humble person who would do this? My condolences go out to the family I know their pain I just lost my sister 4 months again and this is the kind of pain that never heals may this be justified and whoever did this gets their punishment to the fullest extent of the law...rest in paradise diana
Cassandra Day June 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Veronica Eichler posted this comment on Madison Patch: "If someone knows something please come forward — my sister deserves justice!!!"
edil alexander toro September 01, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Hi this is Diana's brother I just found out this news today and it hurts that somebody would do something to someone so kind like this. I met her for the first time last year and she loved me right away like a big sister should she the second youngest that our mother had matter of fact our mother doesn't know this yet I'm sad to say that I have to break the news she left a beautiful little daughter behind she was so loving and caring I personally will miss my big sister deeply
Yetlsenia Nunez October 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I am Diana older sister already alot of time have passed but our grief continues please if anyone knows anything contact middletown police our sister My Sister deserves justice we need this person caught please help her find justice and us also she was a beautiful person and does not deserve this
Cassandra Day October 01, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Thank you for writing, Yetlsenia. I am very sorry for your loss.

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