Man charged with murder of woman found in freezer in Groton

Investigators remove evidence from a home at 1184 Gold Star Highway in Groton after reports of a suspicious death of a woman in the house Monday, March 8, 2010.
Investigators remove evidence from a home at 1184 Gold Star Highway in Groton after reports of a suspicious death of a woman in the house Monday, March 8, 2010.

Groton — Town police have charged a man with murder in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a freezer inside a house at 1184 Gold Star Highway.

Luis. F. Otero, 49, who listed his address as the same house on Gold Star Highway, was charged with one count of murder and is being held on $2 million bond, according to police at a 3 p.m. press conference.

Police have said that at about 10:20 Sunday night, a man came in to the Groton City Police Department lobby and reported an "unusual incident" in Groton Town. Police would not say today whether the man was Otero.

The city dispatcher and shift commander gave the information to town police and detained the man until town officers arrived. At that point the investigation was turned over to Groton Town police.

Police would not identify the victim, pending notice to her relatives. They did not say how she died, and an autopsy has yet been performed.

Police did not describe the relationship between the two but characterized the incident as a domestic situation.

Joyce Ceravolo said her husband, Dominick Ceravolo, rents the house to a woman named Madeline Brisson.
Ceravolo said her husband went to the house Friday and Saturday and knocked on the door because Brisson was behind on her rent. She said she heard Brisson recently lost her job. She did not know where she worked.

"My husband went there on Friday and knocked on her door and got no answer," said Ceravolo. "He went there on Saturday and a guy answered the door and he said that she went away for a couple of days."

Ceravolo said her husband did not know the man.
Town police, along with a state police Major Crime Squad van and a Norwich police crime van, were at the scene this morning.

The house is next to Mr. Mulch Landscaping Services and Bob's Auto.

Ceravolo also noted that her son on Friday saw Brisson's chocolate Labrador running loose in the yard, which was rare because the dog was always with Brisson.

"I never met her," said Ceravolo. "She paid her rent on time until recently."

The house at 1184 Gold Star Highway in Groton where a woman's body was discovered Sunday night. Police are investigating.
The house at 1184 Gold Star Highway in Groton where a woman's body was discovered Sunday night. Police are investigating.

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