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Bodies found at home on Page Blvd. in Springfield identified

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Police remain on-scene on Page Blvd. (Western Mass News photo) Police remain on-scene on Page Blvd. (Western Mass News photo)
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Authorities have identified the three bodies that were found last week at a home on Page Boulevard in Springfield.

This as a man who had been living at that address, Stewart Weldon, was arraigned on new charges in an unrelated kidnapping case.

These women range in age from 27 to 47 years old and two of the three had been reported as missing within the last six months. 

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Monday that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has identified them as:

  • Ernestine Ryans, 47, of Springfield
  • America Lyden, 34, of Springfield
  • Kayla Escalante, 27, of Ludlow

Gulluni added that two of three people were subject of missing persons cases.  He noted that those cases were met with "significant investigation" and those people were not found.

Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that Lyden was reported missing on December 1, 2017 and that she not been in contact with her family since June 2017.  He added that missing person reports had been made on Lyden in the past.

Walsh added that Ryans was reported missing on March 18, 2018.  The reporting party indicated that family had not seen Ryans since March 8 and that she had gone missing before, but not for that long, which prompted their report to police.

"The Springfield Police Department's Major Crimes Unit extensively tried to find these women as referenced in our case notes, and in the case of Ms. Lyden, we released information on social media and through local media outlets," Walsh explained.

Gulluni said last week that those bodies were found "in and around the home" at 1333 Page Boulevard in Springfield.  Two were located on Wednesday and the third was located on Thursday. which is the last known address of Stuart Weldon and also the location where three bodies were found last week.

Police converged on that home on Wednesday.

Weldon was pulled over by police on Sunday, May 27.  A woman in the car alleged that Weldon had kidnapped and held her captive, sexually assaulting her for a month at this home. 

Weldon was arraigned on charges related to that incident on last Tuesday and it was that day that the D.A. said that they received additional information that led them to search this home to find those bodies. 

Today, Weldon appeared in court for arraignment on charges including kidnapping and assault to rape for another incident that allegedly took place in February,

Weldon has not been linked by authorities to the bodies found at the Page Boulevard home.

When asked today if the district attorney thinks that Weldon - who again has not been charged in connection with their bodies - is a serial killer, he said he wouldn't issue that kind of a declaration.  He did, however, express his condolences for these families.

"The Springfield Police Department initially and members of my office up until this morning have been in touch with members of the victim's families. They are needless to say distraught and heartbroken," Gulluni added.

Investigators were using hand tools like shovels and rakes, along with ground penetrating radar, which Gulluni said would allow investigators to find any buried objects or see where dirt has been moved or disturbed. 

Gulluni said that the formal results from the GPR equipment would take about 24 hours to be complete and from there, it would pinpoint areas of interest for investigators, but as of this morning, they have not shared if anything has been discovered.

Gulluni said that those who live and travel through this area can expect police to remain on scene for days to come, as this is still a very active and ongoing scene. 

The D.A. said these women's deaths are being investigated as suspicious, but at this hour has not shared the manner of which they were killed or where they were found here on the property. 

Western Mass News continues to follow this story and we will have the latest information on-air and online.

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