Police: Vehicle found in NJ connected to manhunt underway for 'armed and dangerous' double homicide suspect

They say search efforts are underway for a UConn student wanted in connection with two murders and an assault.

News 12 Staff

May 25, 2020, 1:57 AM

Updated 1,521 days ago

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Authorities located a vehicle in New Jersey that's connected to an armed-and-dangerous suspect wanted in connection to two Connecticut homicides, police say.
They say search efforts are underway for a UConn student wanted in connection with two murders and an assault.
They say the man is suspected in a Willington homicide on Friday and a Derby homicide that took place Sunday. The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous, police say.
Authorities converged on an area near the border of Seymour and Derby Sunday morning in the search for the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia.
Authorities say that Manfredonia stole supplies, firearms and a truck all from a Willington home and drove the truck to Derby.
Police say the suspect abandoned the truck on the edge of Osbornedale State Park, where authorities were searching the woods and nearby neighborhoods. They say the suspect visited what they call an "acquaintance" on Roosevelt Drive.
When police were searching for Manfredonia, they found 23-year-old Nicholas J. Eisele dead. A post mortem will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.
Police warned the public not to approach Manfredonia. State police said Sunday that he was believed to be armed with pistols and long guns.
Authorities described the suspect as a white male who stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a gray T-shirt and gray sweatpants, and was carrying some type of bag, according to police.
A 2016 black Volkswagen Jetta, with Connecticut license plates AU78524, was taken from the scene in Derby. It has since been located in New Jersey near the Pennsylvania border. New Jersey and Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies are actively searching for the suspect.
State police said Sunday evening that the suspect was last seen in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
 
Anyone with information is being asked to call 911.
State police previously said the suspect had been seen leaving the scene of a homicide in Willington. They say Manfredonia was seen leaving the crime scene on Mirtl Road on Friday.
Theodore Demers, 62 of Willington, was killed and another man was seriously injured.
Investigators say Manfredonia is from Newtown and is a student at UConn.
A UConn spokesperson confirmed that Manfredonia is a senior at the school and has not been living on the campus during recent semesters.
"The university expresses its deepest, most heartfelt sympathies to the victims and their families in this horrible, incomprehensible tragedy. They are all in our thoughts," the spokesperson said.
 


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