Death of 19-year-old Jessie Blodgett now being investigated as a homicide


by Matt Doyle
by Jesse Tovar

HARTFORD -- This case shifted to a homicide investigation after police found strangulation marks on 19-year-old Jessie Blodgett's neck.

"We miss her terribly," Fiddler on the Roof director Jerry Becker said.

Court documents show Blodgett was found dead in her home last Monday.  Her mother found her body after coming home from work. 

Detectives found strangulation marks on her neck, but couldn't find anything in the home or near her body that was used for it.

She had just come home from a cast party after a "Fiddler on the Roof" performance in Hartford.

"It is tremendously sad to think that 12 hours later she was gone from us," Becker said.

Police also also tapping into her phone records and Facebook account.

Becker directed the play and says the cast was shocked at the news.

"No one expects that someone this young and vibrant and wonderful, talented young lady  that she would just suddenly be gone," Becker said.  "Obviously we were all in shock and it unsettled everyone throughout the cast."

Blodgett was a student at UW-M.  She recently accepted a scholarship with the School of Music Education.  She even taught students on the side.

"She had her own private teaching studio," Becker said.  "She had 28 students on piano and on violin and on voice. She was an amazing actress. Very full of life."

The Hartford Player's performed the final two plays in her honor.  They raised more than $1000 for charity.

"There is no way to replace her ever. Even in this particular production we did not try. We took a candle and placed it on the roof where her violin and shining smile would have been to begin our show. We had that shine throughout the production."

The Blodgett family has asked to be left alone as they grieve, and has not made a comment on this case.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at (262) 673-2600.


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