The body discovered by a truck driver at an industrial park in Cheshire on Monday night has been positively identified as Cynthia Dunn Cannon, the former Danbury resident who went missing from her Wolcott home earlier this month.
The 35-year-old mother of two died of blunt trauma injuries to her head and stab wounds to the chest, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Farmington.
Cannon's husband, Patrick Cannon, has been charged with her murder based on evidence recovered from the couple's home and elsewhere after he reported her missing May 7.
The victim, who used her family name of Dunn before she married Patrick Cannon, was a 1992 graduate of Danbury High School and attended Western Connecticut State University for two years. She worked for the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2005.
"It was a shock to hear what happened," Chianese said.
Shortly after the body was found, Wolcott police said they believed it was Cannon because of clothing she was wearing and because the spot where the body was found is near her husband's business.
Acting Police Chief Neil O'Leary previously said the couple was in financial trouble and on the verge of divorce.
Patrick Cannon remains in custody on $3 million bond.
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