A 70-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of her husband, an 84-year-old University of Connecticut doctor and health professor who may have been dead inside the couple's home for up to eight months. Authorities arrived at the Burlington home to perform a wellness check on Pierluigi Bigazzi on Feb. 5 after university officials couldn't reach him, reports ABC News. The professor had been working remotely to update the School of Medicine's curriculum since last summer and was to present his work this month, says a university rep. Though his wife initially prevented officers from entering the home, they gained access Friday, noticed a foul odor, and found Bigazzi's dead body wrapped up in the basement, reports the Hartford Courant. They believe he died of blunt head trauma as early as June.
It was around that time that Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi began helping her husband with his work, the university rep says, calling Bigazzi "an accomplished researcher and teacher in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine." Kosuda-Bigazzi, a former UConn science instructor, surrendered to police Friday and is now charged with murder and tampering with evidence, police say. She has yet to enter a plea but was placed on house arrest during her arraignment Tuesday, per the Courant. Police are now trying to determine when her husband died. Part of that effort involves a plan to review alimony checks sent to Bigazzi's first wife since the summer to see who signed them. Bigazzi's department head says she last received an email from him on July 7. His campus key card was last used on Aug. 23. (Read more Connecticut stories.)