Experts helping in Waterford cold case

The Southeastern Connecticut Cold Case Task Force has enlisted the help of the state forensic laboratory and the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., as it investigates the fatal shooting death of Kyle Seidel in Waterford in December 2012.

"We're looking at every piece of evidence that was collected across a broad spectrum and seeing if there's any available technology to assist in bringing new light to this evidence," said Inspector Kenneth W. Edwards Jr. of the chief state's attorney's office. "We're encouraged by what we've been told by these labs."

Seidel, a 34-year-old father of three, called the Lucky Inn Chinese Restaurant to place the family's dinner order at 7:49 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2012.

By 8:19 p.m., he was lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot of the Waterford Family Bowl, his car still running and the driver's side door open. The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that he died of a gunshot wound to the neck.

The regional cold case task force, comprising law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies, is assisting the Waterford Police Department with the investigation.

Investigators spent the first couple of months of the year studying reports and evidence and have been "actively engaged" for the last several weeks, conducting interviews and attempting to gather additional evidence, according to Edwards.

The forensic laboratories are working to enhance and analyze specific pieces of evidence, Edwards said. The FBI lab has assisted area police in other cases with good results, he said, noting that Special Agent Marc LaFrance, who is assigned to the FBI's New London office, is a member of the cold case task force.

The State of Connecticut is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Seidel's death, and his family has pleaded with the public for help.

Seidel's widow, Kate Seidel, has said her husband had no known enemies and she didn't know of anyone who would want to hurt him.

Seidel worked at Essex Island Marina and loved to fish, according to his family.

"We're not excluding any theory, including that it was random or that he knew his attacker," said Edwards. "One of the biggest pitfalls of any investigation is when you zero in on one theory to the exclusion of others."

Anyone who may have observed activity in the area of Family Bowl between 7:50 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2012, or may have witnessed either Seidel or his black Ford Focus traveling on Boston Post Road, is urged to come forward.

Information may be submitted by email to cold.case@ct.gov or by calling the Cold Case Unit tip line toll-free at (866) 623-8058. Callers may remain anonymous.

Callers may also contact the Waterford Police Department tip line at (860) 437-8080 or Waterford police detectives directly at (860) 442-0645 or (860) 442-9451.

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