Search for missing CT mother Jessica Edwards heads to East Hartford

EAST HARTFORD – Law enforcement is looking for South Windsor mother Jessica Edwards in the East Hartford area on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Connecticut State Police have confirmed that detectives from the Central District Major Crime Squad are “on scene in the general area, assisting South Windsor and East Hartford Police Departments with an active investigation and in progress ”.

State Police referred all other matters to South Windsor Police. Sgt. Mark Cleverdon said he couldn’t comment on the research shortly before 2 p.m. but said he hoped to hold a press conference later on Friday.

Edwards, 30, with a 7-month-old son, has been reported faded away to South Windsor Police on May 10 after being last seen around 7 a.m. that day. She called from her clinical training for this Monday in Hartford and left her home with an unknown person.

Police said the individual had not been located. Police worked around the clock to investigate his disappearance, vowing to look at it from all angles, including the potential for foul play.

Cleverdon said Thursday investigators were doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work on the case this week.

“We continue to do everything within our control to try to locate Jessica,” he said. “Much of what our investigators are doing this week cannot be openly discussed.”

He said investigators were still looking for information that could lead authorities to Edwards. Police said they are look from all angles.

On Wednesday, Cleverdon said investigators were reviewing surveillance footage of the area to gather additional information on Edwards leaving his home.

“We weren’t fortunate enough to locate the person Jessica allegedly left the house with, nor was there a description of the vehicle or the person she would have left with,” Cleverdon said Wednesday.

Friends and family have said she will not leave her 7-month-old son behind. His son is staying with his father, who has taken to social media to advocate for Edwards’ safe return.

Cleverdon said that as far as investigators know, Edwards has no connection to any other state or part of Connecticut outside of the Hartford area. He said there had been no activity on his cell phone, social media or financial records.

Many in the community, along with Edwards’ friends and family, took to social media to advocacy for his safe return. A hashtag “#FindJessicaEdwards” collected hundreds of posts on social media sites.

Police previously said friends and family of the missing mother had cooperated with investigators.

Investigators last week served a search warrant at Edwards’ home and for three vehicles as state police dogs scoured the area surrounding the missing woman’s home. Local community groups and leaders led their own research.

Anyone with information about his disappearance or information that could help investigators is asked to call 860-644-2551. Anonymous advice can be submitted at or by calling 860-648-6226.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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