A 34-year-old man is facing murder charges after he confessed to killing his mom, Hamden police said on Sunday.
Officers started searching for 60-year-old Donna Tucker on Friday night after her sister, Denise Trofa, contacted police and said she had not heard from Tucker since Thursday.
According to authorities, investigators searched Donna’s Tucker’s home at 128 Broadway and found her personal belongings, but nothing else. Officers also searched a wooded area near her home.
After a thorough investigation, police said the case shifted from a missing person case to a murder investigation on Saturday night.
Officers said they found Donna's remains on her property and believe she died of blunt force trauma to the head before the missing person report was filed. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected to determine her exact cause of death.
On Saturday afternoon, Donna's son, Kyle Tucker, confessed to police that he murdered his mom, officers said. He is being charged with murder and destruction of evidence and he is being held at Hamden Police Department on $5 million bond.
Police said they had been called to the Tuckers’ home on multiple other occasions when Kyle Tucker suffered from mental illness. Police said officers did not feel during any of those prior incidents that Kyle would harm his mother.
Kyle appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Monday, where a judge kept bond at $5 million.
The case has been transferred to New Haven Court and Kyle Tucker is due in court next on June 19.