State Medical Examiner Lists Alyssiah Wiley’s Death As ‘Undetermined’

FARMINGTON,  Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An autopsy on the dismembered remains of an Eastern Connecticut State University student has failed to reveal how she was killed.

The state medical examiner’s office on Tuesday listed the cause of death for 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley as “undetermined.”

Wiley’s partial remains were found on May 17 in a wooded area in Trumbull, about a mile from the Bridgeport home of her longtime boyfriend, Jermaine Richards.

State police said the remains had been cut by a human using a sharp tool.

The 30-year-old Richards has been charged with murder. He is due back in court on June 25.

Wiley, a sophomore psychology major, was last seen April 20 on Main Street in Willimantic, a few blocks from campus. She was reported missing on April 24.

In the weeks that followed, police searched for her in several parts of the state using aircraft and dogs while her family pleaded with the public to come forward with information on her whereabouts. A police cadaver dog eventually found her remains.

Richards turned himself in to police after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.

Attorney John Gulas said Richards has no criminal record and will plead not guilty.

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