The Hartford Courant
May 11, 2010
Cynthia Cannon had not been heard from for more than a day by the time her husband, Patrick Cannon, reported her missing to Wolcott police about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Patrick Cannon, 44, told police that he and his wife were divorcing and that their home at 207 Spindle Hill Road was in foreclosure.
By Saturday, several of Cynthia Cannon's friends and family contacted police to say they were concerned that something bad had happened to her.
On Sunday, after finding blood in the family home and a bloody sleeping bag dumped elsewhere in town, police charged Patrick Cannon with killing his 35-year-old wife, although they have yet to find her body.
At his arraignment Monday at Superior Court in Waterbury on a single count of murder, Patrick Cannon was dressed in paper coveralls, apparently as a result of his clothing being seized by police. He said nothing during the brief hearing. His bail was set at $3 million and he was ordered back to court May 26.
• PDF: Patrick Cannon arrest warrant
Police obtained a search warrant for the house Saturday, and on Sunday morning, state police Major Crime Squad detectives began scouring the house for evidence.
They found "large amounts" of blood inside and outside. There was blood on a couch on which Cynthia Cannon slept. There was blood on a wall above the couch.
And detectives found a trail of blood that led out of the house and onto the back porch, the stairs leading from the porch to the driveway, and on the driveway, according to an arrest warrant for Patrick Cannon.
About the same time, Wolcott police recovered a bloody Coleman sleeping bag dumped in a secluded area along Woodtick Road, near Scoville Reservoir.
They also found a bloody rope and an article of clothing. A friend of Cynthia Cannon's told police that the sleeping bag was purchased recently for a Girl Scout camping trip.
Cynthia Cannon's Jeep Liberty was found Sunday on Cemetery Road in Waterbury, a short walk from 207 Spindle Hill Road. Inside the car, police said they found blood as well as blood residue and spatter on the rear bumper.
Police also found tire tracks on the lawn that led to the rear porch.
Friends told police that the Cannons had been having financial and marital problems.
They also said the couple were in the midst of a divorce, although there is no divorce action on file in Superior Court.
Patrick Cannon stopped paying the mortgage on his home in the fall, according to court records. He owes $326,358 on a $336,000 mortgage, according to the foreclosure filed by his lender, Quicken Loans.
Cynthia Cannon filed for divorce from a previous husband in 2002, according to court records, and disputes over child support payments continued until this year, according to court records.
After his arrest Sunday, Patrick Cannon became emotional and asked to speak with an attorney. Public defender Allan McWhirter later told police that Cannon was invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.
More than 100 people gathered at Wakelee School in Wolcott on Monday night for a vigil, where friends and relatives described Cynthia Cannon as full of life and incredibly witty.
"She was devoted to her children," a cousin said.
Fox CT reporter Narmeen Choudhury contributed to this story
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