Springfield police detectives have been digging by hand and using ground-penetrating radar in the search of a Page Boulevard home, as an investigation there continues into a third day.
District Attorney Anthony Gulluni confirmed Thursday that three bodies have been recovered from the home at 1333 Page Boulevard.
According to court documents obtained by 22News, 40-year-old Stewart Weldon, who lives at the home, was arrested Sunday, and is now being held on a $1-million bail, after he allegedly led police on a brief chase and crashed into a cruiser.
Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News that during that incident, officers found a woman in his car, who he had allegedly been holding hostage for a month. Our 22News cameras were also rolling when a tow truck removed a black Nissan, with rear bumper damage from the Page Blvd. home.
Investigators were still at the home as of Friday morning, with one lane of Page Boulevard eastbound blocked by the Springfield Police Department’s Forensic Investigation truck and mobile command center. Late in the morning, investigators brought-in shovels to the backyard, and began using ground-penetrating radar on the property.
District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the ground-penetrating radar was provided to the department by a private company, adding that the system has given them some preliminary results, and should yield more information in a report over the next 24 hours.
As for the digging, Gulluni said that it is part of their extensive search process, but it is not indicative that they have found anything particularly relevent.
No additional bodies have been found on the property as of late Friday morning, Gulluni said. No charges have yet been filed in connection to the discovery of the bodies, however, the DA went on to say that there is no reason to believe that there is anyone out in the public who would be a cause for concern.
Gulluni was tight-lipped on the question of whether there had been any children living inside the home, but said that all of the people who had been living there were safe.
It is not clear how long the investigation will be continuing at the Page Boulevard home. Gulluni said that the expectation is that they will be there for days, perhaps even longer.
Watch the entire News Conference from Friday at 11:20AM below:
RIGHT NOW: Shovels being brought out back of home on Page Blvd. in East Springfield. I’ll have a live report on 22News at noon with new information. pic.twitter.com/wbmCwl9mzg— Ciara Speller (@CiaraSpeller) June 1, 2018