Suspect arrested in Nutmeg Lane cold case

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Wed., May. 25, 2011
Kelvin Daye was arrested May 20 in connection with an East Hartford cold case homicide. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

Kelvin Daye, 41, has been arrested in connection with a 2004 homicide on Nutmeg Lane. East Hartford police arrested Daye on May 20 and charged him first degree kidnapping, felony murder and aggravated sexual assault.

Trupti Patel, a resident of 200 Nutmeg Lane, was reported missing by her husband on the morning of July 9, 2004. Her body was found that evening in the basement of the Woodcliff Estates apartment complex. An autopsy revealed that Patel, who was 36 at the time of her death, had been raped and died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The case became cold by 2005, after tests showed that some blood found at the scene did not match the victim or her relatives or friends. That forensic evidence was collected at the scene by the EHPD Evidentiary Unit and the state Department of Public Safety.

The Forensic Science Laboratory notified East Hartford police in July 2010 of a DNA match between evidence found at the scene and the DNA profile of an offender already in the state database.

Daye, a Jamaican immigrant, was arrested in 2006 and turned over to the U.S. Immigration custody and Customs Enforcement in 2009 and was awaiting deportation on a charge of being an illegal alien. A warrant for his arrest in the East Hartford case was issued May 19. Daye has also been charged with capital felony murder, first degree sexual assault, and robbery in the first degree. He is being held on $5 million bond.

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