Police identify Meriden homicide, suicide victims, say incidents ‘may be connected’

Police identify Meriden homicide, suicide victims, say incidents ‘may be connected’

Record-Journal


MERIDEN — Police on Wednesday identified the woman killed Friday night on Britannia Street and the man who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 691. Authorities said the two incidents may be connected. The Britannia Street incident is being investigated as a homicide, while the I-691 incident is being investigated as a suicide.

Police identified the woman as Sara Rose Magnanini, 20, and the man as Ross Coughlin, 31. Magnanini’s last known address was undetermined as of Wednesday. Police believe Coughlin was homeless at the time of the incident.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, a police spokesman, said the two incidents may be connected.

“The appropriate steps are being taken with regards to forensic evidence which has been gathered and our investigation is very active and ongoing,” McKay said.

On Friday about 7:50 p.m., police responded to several incidents within a short period, McKay said. During the investigations, police were led to 109 Britannia St., where they discovered Magnanini’s body.

Authorities determined the incident was a homicide, and requested assistance from state police to collect evidence at the crime scene, McKay said.

At the same time, state police were investigating an accident on I-691 in Meriden in which a man, later identified as Coughlin, was struck and killed by a vehicle. Police believe the incident was a suicide.

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