Missing woman Jini Barnum was discovered recently in a shallow grave in Connecticut. Now her boyfriend, the man who reported her missing, is a suspect in her death. It also turns out the missing woman's cause of death was strangulation -- a mode of homicide that indicates intimacy with the victim.
Anthony Garofalo is a registered sex offender who did time for kidnapping, among other offenses. He's the last one to see the slain woman, and even reported her missing back in July. Statistically Anthony Garofalo has been suspicious since day one. That's why it's not very surprising to find out that he's a suspect in the woman's murder.
Jini Barnum died from traumatic asphyxia caused by neck compression, i.e. strangulation. Luckily the suspect in her murder isn't on the run. He is currently being held on unrelated charges, but certainly other charges related to this crime are soon to follow. Meanwhile, the family and friends of the slain woman have closure. She is no longer missing, even if their deepest fears have been confirmed. They have closure, and that's more than many families of missing people get.
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