DNA Evidence Points Away from Ex-Husband in Madison Hamburg Murder

Persons familiar with the investigation into the March 3 murder of Barbara Hamburg say the DNA collected at the scene by the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad is not a match to Jeffrey Hamburg, Barbara's former husband. Reportedly, the small amount of DNA collected at the scene remains unidentified (see related stories to the right).

Barbara Hamburg, 48, was found dead at her rented home, 44 Middle Beach Road West, late on the morning of March 3. Madison police were called to the address and when they arrived found Hamburg's body in the yard. She was declared dead at the scene and the state police were called in to help the local department. An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office found that Hamburg died of blunt force trauma and multiple sharp force injuries.

On that morning in early March, Hamburg and her ex-husband were scheduled to appear in Family Court in New Haven. Jeffrey Hamburg, his attorney, and Barbara Hamburg's attorney all waited outside the court for her to appear. When she did not, they eventually left. She was found dead later that morning.

Although neither the state police nor the Madison Department named Jeffrey Hamburg, 61, of West Hartford, as a suspect, he was questioned briefly by the state police on March 3. He retained Attorney Hugh Keefe as legal counsel. Eventually the state police were successful in their request to collect a DNA sample from Hamburg.

A small amount of DNA allegedly was collected at the Middle Beach Road West house by state investigators. The DNA reportedly is not a match to Hamburg. State police did not comment.

Keefe said this week, "My client, Jeffrey Hamburg, has been the focus of this investigation for a very long time. We would like to know where the police are going with their investigation. We think that's a reasonable request."

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