June 5, 2018

'I hope that's not her': Woman found dead in Springfield home had just moved / "Espero que no sea ella": la mujer encontrada muerta en la casa de Springfield acababa de mudarse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A history of drug use could be what connects a woman found dead in a Springfield home to two other victims and the man who lived there, according to the woman’s brother. 

Anthony Ryans, 49, told Boston 25 News his sister had struggled with drug use and that’s only thing he imagined could’ve connected her to a man with a history of violence. 

"Espero que no sea ella": la mujer encontrada muerta en la casa de Springfield acababa de mudarse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Una historia de consumo de drogas podría ser lo que conecta a una mujer encontrada muerta en un hogar en Springfield con otras dos víctimas y el hombre que vivía allí, según el hermano de la mujer.
Anthony Ryans, de 49 años, dijo a Boston 25 News que su hermana había tenido problemas con el consumo de drogas y que eso es lo único que imaginó podría haberla conectado con un hombre con un historial de violencia.

“She had some issues,” Ryans said on a video call Tuesday. “But overall, she was a very good person.” 
Ernestine Ryans, 47, had only moved to Springfield in February, according to her brother Anthony. Stine (pronounced Steen), as her family referred to her, had been transferred there from Hartford, just a month before she was reported missing. 

Anthony told Boston 25 News he and his mother had heard sporadic reports of people spotting Ernestine in Hartford, he never imagined she would’ve turned up dead in a home in Springfield. 

Last week, Ernestine was one of three women found dead at the home of Stewart Weldon, who now faces charges connected to two separate kidnapping incidents, according to court records. 

Weldon has not been charged in connection to the deaths of Ernestine Ryans, America Lyden, 34, and Kayla Escalante, 27 – who were all found dead at the home where he lived. 

“She had a long history of substance abuse,” Anthony said of his younger sister. “With her and all of the victims, I would imagine that was the connection.” 

He said there was a missing persons report filed out of Springfield, but his family felt strongly she was back in the Hartford area. 

“We knew something was wrong,” Anthony said. “She hadn’t reached out to anyone. So we knew something was wrong.” 

He said she had gone out of contact for a day or two at a time in the past, but had never disappeared for that long. 

“Her daughter was in the house with her in Springfield,” Anthony said. 

According to Anthony, Ernestine has a 12-year-old daughter who lived with her and a 25-year-old daughter who lives in Pennsylvania. 

Saturday morning, Anthony said his family members called each other about a news report they had seen about three bodies found in a Springfield home. 

“We all called each other that Saturday morning when we saw it on the news. When my mom saw it, she said I hope that’s not my daughter,” Anthony explained. “We all said, ‘we hope that’s not Stine.’”

It wasn’t until Sunday evening that two detectives showed up at Anthony’s mother’s house in Connecticut. The detectives told the family Ernestine had been found dead. All they would say is that she was a victim of a homicide. 

Anthony said detectives didn’t give his family any details and charges have not been filed against the man who lived at the home where Ernestine was found. 

“There’s disbelief,” Anthony said. “You don’t want to believe it. My mother went into denial right away.” 

Anthony told Boston 25 News he hadn’t spoken to Ernestine recently because he was hoping it would push her to get her life together. 

“She had been in contact with my sisters more often,” he said. “[When] you’re ready to get yourself together, I’ll be around. My love was tough love.”

Anthony said he can’t imagine what would have connected his sister to Weldon. 

“I work in the criminal justice system and I just feel that there are some people who deserve to be in jail. I read a little bit about his history,” he said. “There are a lot of questions. Why was this guy out in the community?” 

Anthony said his sister had issues, but certainly didn’t deserve what happened to her. 

“She was a kind, gentle spirit. Got along with everyone. If she was your friend, she was your friend,” he said. “She was loved. She will be missed by many.” 
"Tenía algunos problemas", dijo Ryans en una video llamada el martes. "Pero en general, ella era una muy buena persona".Ernestine Ryans, de 47 años, se había mudado a Springfield en febrero, según su hermano Anthony. Stine (pronunciado Steen), como su familia se refirió a ella, se había mudado allí desde Hartford, solo un mes antes de que se informara que había desaparecido.
Anthony le dijo a Boston 25 News que él y su madre habían escuchado informes esporádicos de personas que vieron a Ernestine en Hartford, él nunca imaginó que ella hubiera aparecido muerta en un hogar en Springfield.
La semana pasada, Ernestine fue una de las tres mujeres encontradas muertas en la casa de Stewart Weldon, quien ahora enfrenta cargos relacionados con dos incidentes separados de secuestro, de acuerdo con los registros judiciales.
Weldon no ha sido acusado en relación con la muerte de Ernestine Ryans, ni la de América Lyden, de 34 años, o Kayla Escalante, de 27, que fueron encontradas muertas en la casa donde vivía.
"Ella tenía una larga historia de abuso de sustancias", dijo Anthony sobre su hermana menor. "Con ella y todas las víctimas, me imagino que esa era la conexión".
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Dijo que había un informe de personas desaparecidas archivado en Springfield, pero su familia estaba convencida de que estaba de regreso en el área de Hartford.
"Sabíamos que algo estaba mal", dijo Anthony. "Ella no había contactado a nadie. Entonces supimos que algo estaba mal ".
Dijo que había estado fuera de contacto por un día o dos a la vez en el pasado, pero que nunca había desaparecido por tanto tiempo.
"Su hija estaba en la casa con ella en Springfield", dijo Anthony.
Según Anthony, Ernestine tiene una hija de 12 años que vivía con ella y una hija de 25 años que vive en Pensilvania.
El sábado por la mañana, Anthony dijo que los miembros de su familia se llamaron por un informe de noticias que habían visto sobre tres cadáveres hallados en una casa de Springfield.
"Todos nos llamábamos el sábado por la mañana cuando lo vimos en las noticias. Cuando mi madre lo vio, dijo: espero que no sea mi hija ", explicó Anthony. "Todos dijimos, 'esperamos que no sea Stine'".
No fue hasta el domingo por la noche que dos detectives se presentaron en la casa de la madre de Anthony en Connecticut. Los detectives le dijeron a la familia que Ernestine había sido encontrada muerta. Todo lo que dirían es que ella fue víctima de un homicidio

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