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Wednesday, March 21 News

New Canaan Police: New Britain man made up a murder

NEW CANAAN — A 21-year-old New Britain man was charged with harassment after he allegedly left a prank voicemail describing a murder.

On Oct. 17 around 10:45 a.m., an employee at the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street reported a harassing voicemail left on their phone around 1 a.m. that morning from a blocked number, police said. The message allegedly described a murder and where the body had been hidden. The person leaving the voicemail claimed he was involved in the murder and police were searching for him. He also alleged that if the police found him, he would kill himself.

Police said the employee was upset by the message and was concerned over whether or not the alleged crime had actually occurred. The New Canaan Police Investigative Section looked into the incident and was able to trace the number from which the call came. With help from New Britain Police, New Canaan officers identified the caller as Cory Roath, of O’Donnell Road. Roath told police the call was a prank and the police investigation found no murder had occurred.

Police subsequently obtained a warrant for Roath, charging him with second-degree harassment. On Dec. 14 around 3 p.m., he turned himself in to New Canaan police. He posted a $10,000 bond and will appear in court Dec. 27.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata