Suspect nabbed in Windham homicide case

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WINDHAM — Law enforcement officials arrested a suspect on Wednesday in connection with the homicide of 73-year-old Claudia M. Voight, who was found dead in her Windham home on Feb. 20.

Shawn Conlon, 44, of Rhode Island, was apprehended by the U.S.

Marshals Service at a hotel in Groton, Connecticut, early Wednesday morning, with assistance from the Rhode Island State Police and the Groton Police Department.

Vermont State Police, who have led the probe into Voight’s death, secured an arrest warrant for Conlon earlier this week, charging him with second-degree murder.

Investigations revealed that Conlon had been a tenant in Voight’s residence, ceasing rent payments in late 2022 but remaining on the premises.

He is accused of attacking and killing Voight in February.

Following the issuance of the arrest warrant, law enforcement coordinated with the U.S.

Marshals Service to locate Conlon, who was initially believed to be in Rhode Island but was later found in Connecticut.

Conlon faces a fugitive from justice charge in Connecticut and, after his initial court appearance, is being held on $1 million bail.

He waived extradition and will be transported back to Vermont to face the murder charge at a later date.

The Vermont arrest warrant stipulates that Conlon be held without bail.

The initial investigation into Voight’s death began after her passing, initially believed to be from natural causes, was later deemed suspicious following an autopsy.

Final autopsy results in April determined the cause of death to be neck compression.

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