1994 murder suspect returning to WMass

Robert Honsch accused of killing his wife and daughter

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body near Tolland State Forest back in 1994 will be back in western Massachusetts to face a murder charge next week.

Seventy year-old Robert Honsch is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Westfield District Court. Honsch, who is also suspected of killing his 16 year-old daughter Elizabeth, was arrested by police in Ohio last month. Police he had been living there under an assumed name, with a new wife and children.

Marcia Honsch (Photo Courtesy: New Britain Police Department)
Marcia Honsch (Photo Courtesy: New Britain Police Department)

On October 6, 1995, the body of 53 year-old Marcia Honsch was discovered by a hiker outside the entrance to the forest. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and had no identification on her.

A little more than a week earlier, the remains of Elizabeth Honsch were found behind a shopping plaza in New Britain, Connecticut. Both women died in similar ways, and police believed the two were related, but there were no missing persons reports at the time that matched their descriptions. Their identities remained unknown until June of this year.

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