Farmington Police have arrested a Florida man they say killed his father in Farmington in 2008.
Detectives took Michael Elliott Whilby, 38, of 260 Hammock Road SE, Palm Bay, FL, into custody on July 10, charging him with the 2008 murder of his father, Evans R. Whilby.
Michael Whilby was being held by Florida authorities on a fugitive from justice warrant pending arrival of Farmington Police. He waived extradition and Farmington Police transported him back to Connecticut for arraignment. He is being held on a $1 million bond.
According to police, Michael Whilby called Farmington Police on Jan. 16, 2008, to report finding his father dead at his 9 Dunne Wood Court home. Officers found Evans Whilby, 66, dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs.
Whilby told police his mother called him from Las Vegas, asking him to check on his father; Evans Whilby was scheduled to meet his wife in Las Vegas on business, but he never arrived.
When Michael Whilby arrived at his parents' home, he told police, he noticed his father’s car was in the driveway. Michael Whilby told police when he entered the home, he found his father at the bottom of the stairs. At that time, evidence led police to believe the death was accidental.
Melbourne Beach, FL Police called Farmington Police on June 29, 2012, to report that Michael Whilby had confessed to killing his father in 2008 by pushing him down the flight of stairs.
Farmington detectives subsequently reopened the investigation and obtained a warrant for his arrest.