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Norwalk Police Look For Help In 1977 Murder Case

Charles Saunders was found murdered on April 3, 1977. Norwalk police are asking for help with the cold case. Charles Saunders was found murdered on April 3, 1977. Norwalk police are asking for help with the cold case.
Charles Saunders was found murdered on April 3, 1977. Norwalk police are asking for help with the cold case. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department/Facebook
Norwalk police are asking for help in solving the cold case murder of Charles Saunders, who was found dead in his home on Woodward Avenue in 1977. Norwalk police are asking for help in solving the cold case murder of Charles Saunders, who was found dead in his home on Woodward Avenue in 1977.
Norwalk police are asking for help in solving the cold case murder of Charles Saunders, who was found dead in his home on Woodward Avenue in 1977. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department/Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police are asking for the public's help in uncovering new leads in the death of Charles Saunders, which occurred April 3, 1977.

According to police, at 11:06 p.m., Norwalk police received a call from a female reporting a possible homicide at 68 Woodward Ave. Officer Fred Miller arrived on the scene and was met by three women on the front steps who reported that they are the ones that called the police. 

The women said the victim, Charles Saunders, 64, aka Shotgun, was on the floor in the back room. One of the women rented a rear apartment from Saunders and had been across the street with the other two woman all evening. When she returned home about 11 p.m. with her child, she found Saunders on the floor and ran across the street to tell the other women. Miller went to the back room and found Saunders lying on the floor in a pool of blood with lacerations to his neck and face.

Saunders had been out that afternoon with two of his adult children from New York and was dropped off at his home about 5 p.m. with a friend, Gertis Vickers. 

Later that night, Saunders had been seen at Carl’s Restaurant on Woodward Avenue until about 9:30 or 10:30 p.m. His friend Vickers called a cab at 10:50 p.m. from Saunders' address at 68 Woodward Ave., and she was dropped off at Roodner Court.

The knife or edged weapon was not located at the scene. A few “persons of interest” were identified during the investigation, and several polygraph examinations were administered to these suspects. The person responsible for the murder of Charles Saunders was never identified. The case remains unsolved and open.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Lt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028 or aweisgerber@norwalkct.org. Anonymous Internet tips can be sent through the Norwalk police website at www.norwalkpd.com. Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typingNPD into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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