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State, Madison Police Continue Murder Investigation

The Madison Police Department and the Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the murder of Barbara Hamburg, 48, found dead March 3 outside her home on Middle Beach Road West. Madison police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Pardo said Tuesday the department's detective division "was working non-stop" on this investigation. The department was not prepared, however, to release any new information or comment further at that time.

Tuesday morning, Attorney Hugh Keefe, who is representing Jeffrey Hamburg, the ex-husband of Barbara Hamburg, said he has been in touch constantly with the Connecticut State Police.

"I talked with them just this morning, just a few minutes ago," he said.

When asked if his client had spoken recently to police or if an interview was scheduled, Keefe said he was not at liberty to comment.

Late Friday afternoon, the Madison Police Department issued a photograph of Jeffrey Hamburg and a physical description, saying it wanted him for questioning. Keefe said he did not understand why that announcement was made or why Hamburg's photograph was circulated.

"The police could have contacted me," Keefe said.

Saying he was in regular contact with the state police, Keefe added, "I have not received a single phone call ever concerning this case from the Madison police."

Madison police were called to 44 Middle Beach Road West March 3 at approximately
11:25 a.m. Barbara Hamburg's body was discovered in the yard of the house she rented there. She was declared dead at the scene and the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad was called in to help local police.

The state medical examiner's office said Barbara Hamburg died of blunt force trauma and multiple sharp force injuries.

That morning Hamburg and her ex-husband were scheduled to appear in Family Court in New Haven. Jeffrey Hamburg, his attorney, and Barbara Hamburg's attorney waited for her to appear. When she did not, they eventually left.

Jeffrey Hamburg, 61, of West Hartford, "had a brief conversation" later that day, March 3, with state police, according to Keefe. Hamburg has not spoken with police since.

The couple, who has two children, divorced in 2002 in Georgia, however, Connecticut court records show a series of legal actions after that. In 2005, the two had returned to court and spent the next four years disputing child support payments. In January 2009, Barbara Hamburg had filed a motion for contempt against Jeffrey Hamburg for
failing to pay agreed-uppm educational expenses and medical expenses for the children.

Since last Thursday, The Source has been following this story closely and posting regular updates to its website


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