Mar 9, 2014
06:05 AMConnecticut Today
FBI Now Involved in Investigation of 2006 Branford Arson Homicide
Kathy Hardy would have been 47 this year, but for Bette and Bob Barrett of Clinton, their daughter will always be 39.
“Always,” said Bob Barrett, during a phone interview Thursday, on the eve of the eighth anniversary of his daughter’s death.
Hardy, a mother of three, was living alone at a rented seaside house in Short Beach when on March 7, 2006, a fire broke out inside her home. Divorced, her children were living with her ex-husband Jeffrey Hardy at the time.
Investigators declared her death a homicide. The official cause was arson. Fire investigators have said that whoever set the blaze used an accelerant to torch the home’s staircase, the only means of escape from her second-floor bedroom.
Barrett said one of the things that haunts him the most after eight years is the fact his daughter’s killer is still free.
“Maybe I’ve even seen the killer or killers, you never know,” he said. “Maybe I’ve seen them at the grocery store or somewhere on the street.”
Yet one source of hope for Hardy’s family is that the FBI is now involved in the investigation, according to her sister Dawn Luddy of Watertown.
Branford Police Capt. Geoffrey Morgan confirmed the FBI’s involvement and said the department “continues to actively investigate this heinous crime.”
“We have and will continue to employ every investigative agency technique and lead that we can bring to this and any other case to a successful conclusion.”