Police investigating untimely death

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NAUGATUCK — A 31-year-old woman found late Monday night at a Village Circle home was covered in blood and gasping for breath, according to police, and later died at Waterbury Hospital.

Police responded to 65 Village Circle at 11:42 p.m. and found a vehicle smashed into the garage. Inside, they discovered a woman, indentified as Julie Swoszowski of Wolcott, lying on the living-room floor with stab wounds to her throat and chest.

The Naugatuck Police Department’s Detective Division and the State Police Major Crime unit are conducting an untimely death investigation. According to an NPD statement, their initial investigation indicates the stab wounds may have been self-inflicted, though Swoszowski’s death has not been ruled a suicide.

The owner of the home is Paul Ayoub, 47, an accredited holistic health counselor featured on the cover of last week’s Citizen’s News. NPD Lt. Todd Brouillette said Ayoub went voluntarily to police headquarters to answer questions and has been cooperative with investigators.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and that the state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.