The Associated Press reports that three bodies have been found at the home of kidnapping suspect Stewart Weldon in Springfield, Massachusetts. The bodies discovered were identified as Ernestine Ryans, 47, America Lyden, 34 and Kayla Escalante, 27. Two of the victims had been reported as missing, according to authorities.
Weldon was arraigned on kidnapping, assault and rape charges. He was also previously arrested on May 27 on kidnapping charges.
The medical examiner is still determining the manner of death for the discovered bodies, but circumstances are suspicious.
Lyden was reported missing on December 1, and Ryans was reported missing on March 18. The home where the bodies were discovered is owned by Weldon’s mother. No charges have been filed in connection with the discovered bodies.
Weldon was arrested in May after fleeing a traffic stop. A woman was in the car and told officers she was being held against her will and that Weldon had assaulted and raped her. Weldon pleaded not guilty to charges and is being held on a $1 million bail.
A second woman has come forward claiming Weldon kidnapped her in February. He again pleaded not guilty to charges in that case on Monday.
Weldon is being represented by a public defender and is due back in court for both cases on June 29.
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