WVIT anchor Heidi Voight (pictured center) has been off the air for most of 2023 while mourning the death of her mother, Claudia, who died in her Vermont home in February.
“Hey, real quick – coffee tomorrow morning? You, me, NBC Connecticut’s Bob Maxon and Shannon Miller? Okay, cool,” Voight wrote on Facebook. “Meet me at our usual spot: NBC Connecticut starting at 4:30am. I’ve missed you a lot.”
Police initially believed Voight’s 73-year-old mother died from a medical event, but later determined she died from neck compression that was only detectable during an autopsy.
Because of the delay in releasing the information, Voight, who anchors for the Hartford, Connecticut NBC owned station, announced on Facebook that she had to carry the “painful secret” about her mother’s death for months to protect the investigation.
“My mother’s death was not natural, nor peaceful,” wrote Voight. “My mother was murdered, violently, in the place she should have felt safest – her own home in Windham, Vermont.”
“When an act of horrifying violence shattered my family’s world this past February, my faith in humanity was shaken,” Voight wrote. “Eventually it all became too much to bear, and I had to step away. But I want you to know that YOU — all of you who have reached out since then with kindness, love, concern — you have helped me believe again that most people are still good at heart.”