Erica Robinson (left) and Joshua Swenson, both of Middletown, are each charged with tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, obstructing official business and permitting drug abuse, all felonies, according to police.

2 charged with dumping Middletown woman’s body in woods

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.

Leslie Dalton
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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.

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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.
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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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