Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Missing Jogger's Body Found On Big Bird's Estate

The body of a woman who disappeared while jogging was found yesterday on property owned by the performer who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the television show Sesame Street, a town official said.
Big Bird
The body of Judith Nilan, 44, was found in a storage building during a search by state police, tracking dogs, volunteers and a helicopter. Police said her death was a homicide.
Judith Nilan
First Selectwoman Delpha Mae Very cautioned against drawing conclusions, saying the property owned by Caroll Spinney is a very large tract of remote wooded land. A message seeking comment was left at Spinney's home. Nilan's husband, Jon Baker, called police Monday night after Nilan failed to return from her daily run, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. According to his website, Spinney has performed as Big Bird since the first episode of Sesame Street in 1969.