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Alyssiah Wiley Update: Eastern Connecticut Univ. student's body found dismembered, police reportedly say

Alyssiah Wiley
(CBS/AP) BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - An Eastern Connecticut State University student whose body was found Friday had ended a relationship with her boyfriend, who is charged in her death, the day she disappeared, The Greenwich Time reports.

Her body was dismembered and had apparently been cut by a human when it was discovered in a wooded area of Trumbull, Conn., reports the paper.

30-year-old Jermaine Richards is accused of killing 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, who disappeared April 20 near the Willimantic campus and was found dead May 17.

When Wiley had once confronted him for being too controlling, he grabbed her in a headlock and began choking her, police said, reports the paper.

According to the Greenwich Time, Wiley texted a friend to report that she had ended her four-year relationship with Richards April 20, the day she disappeared. Almost a month later, police found her remains.

Authorities reportedly said they found an ankle, lower leg bones and other parts of an arm dispersed in the woods. An autopsy later confirmed that the remains are of Alyssiah Wiley, and that they have been cut by a human with a sharp tool, the paper reports.

A judge set bail at $1 million for Richards and continued the case to June 25th.

Richards reportedly told Wiley's family and authorities that he and the victim got into an argument and he dropped her off at a gas station near her college at around 10 p.m. the night she went missing.

Richards didn't enter a plea at a Monday court hearing, but his lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty.

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