Police are investigating a possible connection between a 23-year-old Hartford woman found dead in Bloomfield and a 24-year-old Hartford native missing in Vermont.
Vermont State Police said they are reaching out to Connecticut law enforcement to determine if the disappearance of Denise Hart is at all connected to the death of Tashauna Jackson, both mothers of young boys.
Although police in the capital city are also considering a possible link, department spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley said it's typical for investigators to search for a connection between missing people who fit a certain profile.
Family members said Hart and Jackson grew up together in Hartford. Both families now face the pain of loss as they continue searching for answers.
"These two young ladies left behind two little boys," said Hart's mother, Dedre Robinson. "There's two little boys that the rest of their lives are going to wonder why."
Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Vermont on Jan. 25 and remains missing. Police have said they suspect foul play.
Robinson now faces each day not knowing what happened to her daughter.
"Until they put me in a coffin, I will look for my child," Robinson said. "Good or bad, I'm going to find her."
Jackson disappeared several months later, on Aug. 11, after getting into the car of a man she knew. After a week of desperate searching, her body was found 30 feet into the woods in Bloomfield.
"As a mom, my heart really goes out to her," Robinson said of Jackson's mother. "I walk in the same shoes she was just walking in. I'm still walking in them."
Robinson said she does not believer her daughter's case is related to Jackson's.