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October 1, 2007
Publisher: Baskerville Books
RE: INVESTIGATION OF SPENCER DALTON
PLACE: Criminal Court Building
DATE/TIME: 11.am., December 24, 2007
REPORTED BY: Kim Willoughby Deputy Court Reporter
STATEMENT OF Elizabeth Dalton
PAUL UPSHAW, Assistant State Attorney
DONNA WHITE, Attorney for the witness
BILL POPE, Detective Fuller County Sheriff’s Office
SAMANTHA VINE, Detective, State Bureau of Criminal Investigation
MARK AYER Detective Hartford Police Department
CATRINA LOPEZ Detective Hartford Department
Having been first duly cautioned and sworn to testify the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, testified on her oath as follows:
BY MR. PAUL UPSHAW:
Q. Right off, I want to acknowledge that everyone has re-arranged plans in order to be here and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we deal with this serious matter. Now, could you please state your name for the record.
A. My name is Elizabeth Dalton.
Q. Are you known by any other name?
A. I’m known as Liz Dalton.
Q. My name is Paul Upshaw. I’m a prosecutor for the State Attorneys Office. We are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of your husband, Spencer Dalton, 993, Hickory Shade Lane, Hartford, Connecticut. For the record we will summarize the facts to date, is that okay, Mrs. Dalton?
Q. In your statement to Detective Bill Pope, of the Fuller County Sheriff’s Office, May 17, 2007, you reported your husband Spencer Dalton missing after he had left your family cabin at Sweet Pine Lake in Fuller County. He left alone in his 18-foot Galaxy Aqua Glider boat to go fishing, is that correct?
A. You were last to see Spencer Dalton. Is that correct?
Q. Detective Bill Pope headed the investigation that involved a number of agencies and services who participated in an extensive search. The search for your husband yielded no results beyond the recovery of his boat and one life jacket. Spencer Dalton is missing and presumed to have drowned. This is reflected in Detective Pope’s sworn report in the file dated July 21, 2007.
Q. For the record, Hartford detectives Ayer and Lopez located you at approximately 8:00 a.m. today, December 24th at Bradley International Airport during pre-boarding for SunEx Flight #1975 to Miami, Florida with a connection on Globo Rio Air Flight #4587 to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A. That’s correct.
Q. They indicated to you that new information of an urgent nature in the Spencer Dalton case had arisen and we were seeking what knowledge you have pertaining to it. You volunteered to postpone your flight and cooperate upon advice of your attorney, Ms. Donna White, who is present. Is that correct?”
Q. I’ve gone through the file but would like to ask you to first provide a bit of biographical information. Your date and place of birth?
A. October 13, 1950, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Q. Did you grow up in Brazil or the United States?
A. Both. My father is an American citizen from Boston. He was a diplomat, a military attache with the Embassy in Brazil where he met my mother. I was born in Brazil. When I was twelve, my father left his post for a job here in Hartford.
Q. You have dual citizenship?
A. Yes. I consider myself an American citizen.
Q. Do you have children?
A. One. Our daughter. She’s a language therapist. We have two grandsons. Our son-in-law is Professor of American Studies at the University of Lisbon. They moved to Portugal seven years ago.
Q. I noticed you did not name them.
A. You did not ask for their names.
Q. Tell me, in the seven years since your daughter moved to Portugal, how often have you seen her and your grandsons?
Q. Mrs. Dalton, how often have you seen them?
Q. Twice? In seven years?
A. Inaudible (boys were born?)
Q. Would you like a tissue?