Branford man arrested for murder of missing neighbor

Thomas Malinka

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Branford man has been charged with murdering his neighbor who has been missing since last May.

Police have not found a body but did discover prescriptions belonging to the missing man inside the neighbor’s house, and they say his credit cards were used.

So they’ve charged that neighbor, 44-year-old Thomas Malinka, with murdering 62-year-old John Deveau of 33C Crouch Road.

John Deveau
John Deveau

According to court documents, police have gathered DNA evidence found at Malinka’s home with what looks to be Deveau’s blood on it. And they have surveillance video of Malinka using Deveau’s Amex card last Memorial Day.

The documents also include the contents of a letter Malinka wrote to his mother: “Ma, I needed an alibi for Memorial Day, so I told them I was with you and Tata all day, not alone.”

Branford detectives say they worked closely with State Police and the New Haven Office of the State’s Attorney to make an arrest.

“This has been a very difficult case for the detectives, due to their continued perseverance they have been able to link Thomas Malinka to this crime,” said Chief Kevin Halloran said.

Malinka was charged with murder and is being held on $500,000 bond.

He is currently incarcerated for other crimes.

News 8’s AJ Walker reporting

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