2 charged with dumping Middletown woman’s body in woods

2 charged with dumping Middletown woman’s body in woods

Two people have been charged with moving a Middletown woman’s body and dumping it in the woods following an apparent overdose, according to police.

Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of 2912 Wilbraham Road, are each charged with tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, obstructing official business and permitting drug abuse, all felonies, according to Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve.

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The duo told police that 20-year-old Leslie Dalton overdosed in the house and they waited until night fall, put her body in a wheelbarrow, covered it with a sheet then pushed her body across the street to the woods, according to Middletown police detectives.

Dalton, who police believe had been missing for couple weeks, was found dead in a dry creek bed on Sunday afternoon. Her body was badly decomposed.

Reeve said officers are looking for a third person believed to be involved in the crime.

The Wilbraham Road home in Middletown, where police say Leslie Dalton overdosed. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

In the Middletown City Jail booking report, Robinson said she moved Dalton’s body because she did not want to call the police because she may get a nuisance letter from the city about the residence.

Robinson and Swenson are scheduled to be in Middletown Municipal Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing. They remain housed in the Middletown City Jail.

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