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    Families Mourn Loved Ones After Dead Bodies ID'd

    Family members are in disbelief after learning their loved ones were found dead at the home of a Springfield, Massachusetts, man charged last week of kidnapping another woman found in his car during a traffic stop.

    (Published Monday, June 4, 2018)

    A search of a Massachusetts property where the remains of three women were found last week has ended, according to authorities.

    The Hampden County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday no additional remains were found during the search of a Page Boulevard home in Springfield, which belongs to the mother of a man charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and torturing another woman who was found in his car during a traffic stop.

    Results from the state's medical examiner's office about how the three women — identified as Ernestine Ryans, America Lyden and Kayla Escalante — died have not returned, the DA's office added.

    Meanwhile, Lyden's sister told The Boston Globe she thinks the final text messages she received from her sister's cellphone number didn't come from Lyden.

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    Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Forty-year-old Stewart Weldon, who lives in the home where three bodies were found last week, was back in Springfield District Court Monday morning to answer to new charges of kidnapping and assault to rape.

    (Published Monday, June 4, 2018)

    "I think it wasn't her," Wanda Estrada said to the Globe. "I believe it was from somebody who had ... her cellphone and they were replying to my texts."

    A GoFundMe page to raise money for Lyden's memorial service was established by another sister, Mari Canales.

    Lyden was reported missing on Dec. 1, 2017, but hadn't been seen by her family since about June 2017.

    Forty-year-old Stewart Weldon was arrested on May 27 after a police chase following a traffic violation. A woman in the car told police she had been held captive, beaten and sexually assaulted. He was arraigned Monday on kidnapping and assault to rape charges after a second alleged victim came forward.

    He is being held on $1 million cash bail in each case. He has not been charged in connection with the deaths of Lyden, Ryans and Escalante.

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