LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police and FBI agents Wednesday searched a Ledyard field where a man was found dead in 2006.
Authorities looked for clues and evidence in the death of 40-year-old Anthony Hamlin. They could be seen using leaf blowers and metal detectors.
“I try to get stronger over the years but it continues to be hard,” said Hamlin’s mother, Darlene Hamlin, who faced the field for only the second time since her son’s death eight years ago.
Hamlin’s body was found in a field along Shewville Road on January 28, 2006. Someone spotted the body and called state police. Hamlin was last known to be living in Groton. He was last seen at the New London Union Station and nearby Subway restaurant the night before.
Teresa Dzilenski of Ledyard was going out for coffee when she and other neighbors discovered the body. “It’s a very unsettling thing to see,” she said.
Hamlin’s family prefers to remember the man who could bring them all together and whose sudden absence has torn them apart.
“He always had this big wide smile and that’s what I missed so much about Anthony,” said his aunt, Darien Sebastian-Hamlin.
Authorities declined to say what exactly brought them to the field Wednesday and if anything was taken as evidence. There’s a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Hamlin’s death.
News 8’s Noelle Gardner and Tina Detelj contributed to this report.