One month after Elizabeth Heath's skeletal remains were found in a barn subfloor, police said no conclusions have been reached in the case, though they are working hard to reconstruct the events that lead to her homicide.
"We have teams of investigators trying to recreate the situation that led to her death 26 years ago," Police Chief Michael Kehoe said Monday. "We want to know what her family life was like, the dynamics of the individuals involved and possible perpetrators."
When asked about a suspect or possible suspects, the chief said "no comment." Kehoe also said forensic study is still underway on Heath's remains to determine how she was killed.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner confirmed Monday no conclusion on the cause of death has yet been reached.
Forensic experts have said the lack of soft tissue on skeletal remains has made it difficult to determine how she died.
Heath's remains were found beneath a trap door in a former cow barn next to the home at 89 Poverty Hollow Road she had shared with her husband John Heath and their daughter. One of the current property owners, doing renovation work, found the skeleton after ripping up flooring that had covered a trap door in an old apartment created in the barn.
John Heath reported Elizabeth Heath missing April 6, 1984. He was granted a divorce and remarried a year later. He moved to Bridgewater with his new wife after a bank foreclosed on his Newtown home and property in 2005.
State and local police, in an apparent effort to gather information relating to Elizabeth Heath's disappearance and death, raided John Heath's home in Bridgewater last month.
The warrant, detailing what police were seeking in the search, was sealed by a judge. Its content and what was found in the raid cannot be made public because of the ongoing investigation, Kehoe has said.