John Dewees Jr. (mug shot from Enfield Police Dept.
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -
A 49-year-old man was arrested after his wife was found dead in their Enfield home on Thursday night.
Officers were called to a home at 4 Magnolia Dr. around 9 p.m. for a report of a disturbed person inside the house.
They said beforehand, the man, who was later identified as John Dewees, showed up to a neighbor's door distraught. The neighbor said he was saying some disturbing things.
When police got to the house, they said he would not let them in. After a brief standoff with police when they arrived, Dewees emerged from the home.
"Officers were on scene," said Capt. Jeffrey Golden of the Enfield Police Department. "They secured the perimeter, then had the gentleman step out."
The body of the woman, who is believed to be the John Dewees' wife, was discovered inside a bedroom after the standoff.
"Upon arrival we did find the remains of a deceased female," Golden said. "So it's suspicious in nature."
John Dewees and 46-year-old Anja Dewees have lived at 4 Magnolia Dr. for several years, neighbors said.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Anja Dewees had been sick and that her body might have been in the house for a couple of days. They said she may have had a stroke from Lyme disease.
They also said they had not seen Anja Dewees for at least a year. However, they saw John Dewees getting mail Thursday.
Police arrested John Dewees on Friday evening and he was charged with first-degree manslaughter. He is being held on a $250,000 bond and expected to be arraigned at Enfield Superior Court next week.
State Police Major Crimes has been called in to assist the Enfield Police Department with the investigation. Investigators went through a white SUV parked in the driveway and they also looked for evidence in the garage.
Eyewitness News learned that the house was the scene of a murder that took place in the 1981. Police said a son killed his mother.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:00:37 GMT
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