Westport Police are asking the public for help in solving the 1989 murder of a 38-year-old Westport woman. 

According to police, on the night of May 24, Joan Werktin left her home to go grocery shopping but never returned home.

Joan Werktin

Later that same night around 11 p.m., police and  firefighters were called to a reported fire in the rear of a shopping plaza at 337 Main Street. That’s when officers say they found a burned female body who was later identified as Werktin.

Shortly after, police said Werktin’s husband contacted authorities to report her missing.

Werktin’s car, a white 1988 BMW 325, was found parked in the front of the shopping plaza. 

Police describe Werktin as a petite white female with long dark hair and a thin build.

On the night of her death, she was reportedly wearing a dark-colored running suit made of velour-type material. Investigators do not believe she drove herself to the Main Street location.

Police said Werktin’s case is being re-evaluated with advanced techniques. Anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to contact Lieutenant Jillian Cabana and Detective Philip Restieri at 203 520-3831 or coldcasetips@westportct.gov.

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