Could Diana Ferris’ murder be connected to a fatal stabbing she witnessed several years earlier?
Diana Ferris was only 34 when she was murdered. She was a mother of three and was five and a half months pregnant. Diana was living with her boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Harold Rice at the time. Harold was 41-years-old and had been arrested earlier that year and charged with first-degree robbery. He was held on $50,000 bail at the time of her death.
In 1993, Diana witnessed the murder of a 37-year-old man, Thomas F. Myers. Diana did not know Thomas but had offered to drive him to the Dutch Point Housing Project and while Myers was waiting for Diana to return to the car, he was fatally stabbed. When police inquired about what Diana saw that day, she was reluctant to share information. Thomas Myer’s murder remains unsolved.
The day Diana was murdered. Diana’s friends and family grew concerned when they didn’t hear from her for a few days. A wellness check was performed by a maintenance worker and on April 11, 1996, her body was found. Diana was found in a second floor apartment of 447 Gaden St, in a bed. She was wearing a T-Shirt, underwear and a pillowcase over her head. Police also found a telephone cord wrapped around her neck as well as bruises on her leg.
When authorities arrived on scene she was pronounced dead and her fetus was stillborn. Some reports suggest she was dead for several days. An autopsy was conducted the next day and her death was ruled a homicide.
At one point, investigators were considering that Diana’s case could be linked to multiple other cases that have happened within years of each other.
Where the case stands today. Diana’s case remains unsolved and the police have not named a person of interest or suspect in her case. There have been no arrests in Diana’s murder. Sadly there is very little public information about her case. If you have any information regarding Diana L. Ferris’ murder please contact Hartford Police.