Jini Barnum will be laid to rest in the spring of 2013 in Massachusetts.
According to an obituary shared on Legacy.com, the late 30-year-old East Hampton woman will be buried in a family plot in the town of Mattapoisett, a coastal community just east of New Bedford, where her father and other loved ones were previously laid to rest.
In a phone interview with East Hampton-Portland Patch, Barnum's mother, Becci Hopkins, said the burial will be in May and that there will be an update later as to the date and location. She said it will be an open service.
Barnum’s remains were found in a shallow grave on a country road in Glastonbury on Sept. 9 over a month after she was reported missing from her Main Street home. Police have since ruled the death a homicide, saying Barnum was strangled to death.
"She was a great girl," Hopkins said about Barnum. "She was always very independent."
Barnum, who was the middle child in a family of three sisters, leaves behind a 7-year-old son, Keith, and a 15-week-old baby girl, Taylor. Hopkins said that her son lives in New York with his father, but she was in regular contact with him prior to her death.
"She just had the baby girl six weeks before she was murdered," Hopkins said. "She was very very happy. She always wanted a little girl."
Barnum worked as a certified nurse's assistant for a period of time and also at Dunkin' Donuts, where she worked just before giving birth to Taylor, Hopkins said.
The case is still under investigation by both the East Hampton and Glastonbury police departments, as well as the state police's Major Crimes Unit. There has been no further information released to the press since her remains were discovered on Sept. 9.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Hampton Police Department at 860-267-9922
Here are some of East Hampton-Portland Patch's previous articles on this story:
- Woman Reported Missing in East Hampton
- Group Helping Search for Missing East Hampton Woman
- PD: Disappearance of East Hampton Woman Now Being Criminally Investigated
- Criminal Investigation Into Missing East Hampton Woman Enters Fourth Week
- Jini Barnum's Remains Found In Glastonbury
- Medical Examiner: Jini Barnum Was Strangled to Death