HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A Hamden man is charged with the murder of his own mother in what began as a missing persons report.
60-year-old Donna Tucker was first reported missing Friday evening by her sister. By Saturday night, police found key evidence on the property of her home at 128 Broadway, where she lived with her son, Kyle Tucker. Police say interviews with family members also led them to keep a close eye on Kyle Tucker.
Police say Saturday, Kyle Tucker confessed to killing his mother in a lengthy, 90 minute interview.
“He provided a confession and he admitted to killing his mother, Donna Tucker,” Chief Thomas Wydra said. “He has been charged with murder and destruction of evidence. We believe the cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head.”
Police say a motive is in that confession and those details will likely come out in the coming days and weeks.
Neighbors say they saw a bonfire on the property around the time Donna Tucker was reported missing. Police would not comment on whether or not that was connected to the murder other than to say they were confident they found Donna Tucker’s remains on her property.
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According to officials, they had responded to the same home before and Kyle Tucker had previously displayed mental illness. However, officials said they did not believe he showed signs of wanting to harm his mother.
Neighbors say they are heartbroken over the loss of Donna Tucker. They said she was an avid gardener and extremely hard worker.
“She was the best neighbor anyone could have ever wanted,” Darlene Robinson said.
“She was helpful, she was kind, she was considerate,” Al Kidd added. “I’m still absorbing it, I’m still trying to grasp all of what’s happening and I’m almost in tears sometimes over it.”
Kyle Tucker’s twitter page is riddled with strange and suspicious posts about his mother, including the day she went missing and the day she was found dead.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will now conduct a full autopsy.
Kyle Tucker is being held on $5 million bond. He will be arraigned Monday morning.