UConn student suspect in Willington homicide 


Photo courtesy of Troop C

Photo courtesy of Troop C

A senior at the University of Connecticut is wanted after he was seen leaving the scene of a homicide in Willington, Connecticut Friday night. 

23-year-old Peter Manfredonia was wearing dark clothing and is considered armed and dangerous, according to Connecticut State Police Troop C. 

The assault left one man dead and another injured, according to police. Police identified Theodore Demers, 62, of Willington, as the deceased victim. 

University spokesperson Stephanie Reitz confirmed Manfredonia is a student in the UConn School of Engineering and School of Business Management and Engineering for Management joint program. 

Manfredonia was seen on a red sport-type motorcycle with a multicolored helmet, according to police, and was last seen leaving the scene and heading towards Route 20. 

Police ask if you see Manfredonia to call 911 or Troop C at 860-896-3200 and to not approach him.

This is a developing story.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had a headline that called Manfredonia a UConn alumnus. Manfredonia is a senior at UConn. 

5/24/20 at 12:15 p.m.: State Police announced the search for Manfredonia is now focused on Osbornedale State Park in Derby where the suspect is believed to be on foot.

A second homicide in the search area this morning is believed to be connected to Friday’s homicide. Manfredonia reportedly broke into a home in Willington on Saturday night and stole weapons and a car. The man living at the home is still alive, but injuries are unclear.

Manfredonia has not been located.

5/24/20 at 1:52 p.m.: State Police held a press conference at Derby High School where they said the second homicide victim is believed to be an acquaintance of Manfredonia’s who was found dead in his home this morning on Roosevelt Drive in Derby. The cause of the death and the name of the victim is still unknown at this time. 

State Police have notified surrounding states should Manfredonia have crossed over state borders. He is believed to be driving a 2016 black Volkswagen Jetta with the Connecticut license plate AU78524. 

This is a developing story.

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