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Man charged with murder in connection with 1995 deaths

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TOLLAND, MA (WSHM) -

Nearly 20 years ago around the same time the bodies of two women were found. One was in Massachusetts and the other in Connecticut.

They would both become known as Jane Doe. That is until Wednesday.

Police said the victims are actually mother and daughter, Marcia and Elizabeth Honsch. Both were murdered.

On Sept. 28, 1995, Elizabeth, 17, was found wrapped in two sleeping bags behind a strip mall in New Britain, CT. Police said she was shot once in the head.

A few weeks later on Oct. 6, hikers would find Elizabeth's mother's body at the Tolland State Forest in Tolland, MA.

Like her daughter, the 53-year-old was also shot in the head.

Police said the man behind the murders is the victims' husband and father, Robert Honsch, 70.

He was arrested on Tuesday by authorities from his Dalton, OH, home.

"I am pleased and relieved that we brought Robert Honsch to justice. At the same time I do mourn the loss of Elizabeth and Marcia. They were innocent," said New Britain Police Chief James Wardell.

Police said Honsch had remarried since the murders and taken his wife's last name of Tyree. He has no criminal record and will be arraigned on Thursday in an Ohio court.

Police hope he will be extradited to Massachusetts and then to Connecticut.

Investigators said they knew for a while that the victims were related through DNA testing. However, they said it took so long to properly identify them because their family didn't report them missing until June of 2014.

As to why that may be, police said they're not releasing that information at this time.

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