The body of a woman found under a tarp in a Cheshire industrial park was identified Tuesday through dental records as Cynthia Cannon, a 35-year-old mother of two who disappeared just before Mother's Day weekend.

She died of blunt traumatic head injuries and stab wounds to the chest, authorities said. The death was a homicide.

Cannon, reported missing by her husband on May 7, had been the subject of a massive search until a trucker discovered her body Monday night.

"We had a strong case before we had Cynthia's remains. Now that we have the body, that's certainly another very important piece to the puzzle," said Wolcott Police Chief Neil O'Leary.

Cannon's husband, Patrick Cannon, is charged with murder and remains in custody, with bail set at $3 million. Police suspect that he killed his wife late at night on May 6 and dumped the body on a grassy field off Knotter Drive in Cheshire.

Investigators searched the couple's home for evidence on May 8 and Cannon spent the night at a hotel just down the street from where his wife's remains were found, O'Leary said.

"It does seem very odd, eerily odd," he said.

Police believe he was familiar with the area. His business is close by and he had made purchases at a Home Depot in the area.

The couple had spoken about divorcing and Patrick Cannon planned on fighting for custody of a their 5-year-old child, O'Leary said. Cynthia Cannon had a 9-year-old child from a previous relationship.

"Other than that, there's no clear-cut motive," O'Leary said.

He said the investigation continues with a search for the murder weapons.

The search for Cynthia Cannon involved dive teams that checked area lakes, ponds and reservoirs, police dogs and dozens of volunteers, some of whom took time off from work to search, O'Leary said.

State troopers on Friday searched Patrick Cannon's business at 35 W. Main St. in Southington and state police divers checked the Quinnipiac River. The search would have eventually moved to an area where the trucker found the body, O'Leary said.

The truck driver, who works at an industrial park on Knotter Drive, had seen a tarp on Friday and found the body Monday night when he went back for a closer look. The tarp was 15 to 20 feet off the road near a bridge abutment.

Patrick Cannon reported his wife missing about 10:30 p.m. May 7 and said the last time he saw her was about 10:30 p.m. the day before.

State police detectives found bloodstains on the couch where Cynthia Cannon slept, on the wall above the couch, and on a porch, porch railing and the home's driveway.

Her sleeping bag was found near Scoville Reservoir in Wolcott and her SUV was found in Waterbury, not too far from the couple's home at 207 Spindle Hill Road. It also contained blood, police said.