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Three bodies found at home of Massachusetts serial killer Stewart Weldon identified

June 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Three bodies found at home of Massachusetts serial killer Stewart Weldon identified

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Three bodies found at home of Massachusetts serial killer Stewart Weldon identified

The three victims who were discovered dead in the Massachusetts home of purported serial killer Stewart Weldon last week have been identified as local women who were reported missing.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni identified America Lyden, Ernestine Ryans, and Kayla Escalante as the three victims recovered last week at Weldon’s home in Springfield, Massachusetts.

According to CBS Local, Lyden, 33, was reported missing in December 2017 but had not been heard from by her relatives since last June. It is not apparent how long 47-year-old Ryans had been missing. Escalante, who was only 26, was the youngest victim. She was reported missing in December.

Investigators have not yet indicated how or when they died, but they claimed it is “unlike anything they have ever seen before.”

Stewart Weldon (above) was arrested after being pulled over for a broken taillight last Sunday.

The victims were discovered after Weldon’s mother called authorities to report a foul smell at the residence on May 30th.

He was not at his house at the time. He was reportedly arrested several days earlier after trying to escape police when he was stopped for a broken taillight. He took officers on a high-speed pursuit which concluded with him crashing into a patrol vehicle.

A 25-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat during the incident later told detectives that they had saved her life and that he was holding her as a sex slave. She was brought to the hospital with “grotesque” wounds including stab injuries to the abdomen. She had also been struck with a hammer.

At the residence where the remains were found, officers also discovered a child alive. It is not clear what Weldon’s connection to the child is.

After he was pulled over for the taillight, Weldon was charged with one count of abduction, one count of sexual assault and other traffic-related crimes.

On Monday, he was charged with another count of kidnapping. It is not clear if those charges apply to the woman and the child found or if a fifth victim may be involved.

Weldon has a lengthy history of violent offenses spanning back over a decade.

In 2006, he was behind bars in Maywood County for a year for attempted theft and burglary.

He was out of jail just a little over a month before he was arrested again in for a burglary and probation violation in 2008.

The victims pictured left to right: Kayla Escalante, 27, had been missing since December. America Lyden, 33, vanished last June and Ernestine Ryans, 47, was also missing.

He had a few more conflicts with the police over the years and was recently arrested again last October in Springfield.

Authorities had pulled him over for reckless driving, but the police report showed that he was also arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and assault and battery of an officer during the altercation.

After he was arrested last week, Weldon’s aunt said she thought something “snapped” in him.

She added that she felt sorry for the “girl” that he was keeping as his sex slave but was glad that she was safe.

“When I saw what had happened to that girl, I said that boy is sick. At least he gave her some water to stay hydrated. Something had to snap for him to turn like that,” his aunt Hannah Weldon told the DailyMail.com.

The woman suffered from a possible fractured jaw and scabbed over wounds which, authorities said, point to continued abuse.

She was in the hospital as of last Friday as police continued to inspect the property where the bodies were located.

They utilized ground penetrating radars as part of the search in a hunt for more bodies. Weldon’s aunt said that he and the woman have two children together.

One of the children, a six-month-old infant, is reportedly the child who was found but police have not yet confirmed details.

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