NEW YORK. – Relatives of Dominican entrepreneur Janet Avalo Álvarez (Irandy), 26 years old and missing since November 12 in the town of Waterbury in Connecticut, confirmed that the police notified them last night that the body of a woman found in a wood forest and on the roadside of the Wolcott suburb, he is his relative, who was co-owner of the Bar Lounge “Guakara Latina”, with his boyfriend, the Dominican Alfredo Esmeril Peguero Gómez, 32, who fled the state and is actively sought as a person of interest in the possible murder.
The finding was made at 5:30 p.m. (New York time, 6:30 in the Dominican Republic).
Although Waterbury police chief Fred Spagnola told local media last night that the official identification of the body will take some time as well as the cause of death, a cousin of the missing person sent a message via WhatsApp, in which he says “God the father, Irandy’s body is confirmed, I told Isa when she called me.”
The audio message adds that “this is the body, family members are on their way to identify it, but the police have already confirmed that it was her … ok?”
The police chief explained that the mayor and officers of the Crime Scene Unit and experts of the Forensic Division worked on the scene, but the cause of death will be determined by the autopsy of the Waterbury Forensic Office.
“The police are in contact with the prosecutor’s office Maureen Platt and will report on the development of the tragic event,” the senior official added.
Officially, the police simply said that they could not publicly confirm whether or not it is the body of Janet, which was found a few miles away from “Guakara Latina”, located on East Main Street in Waterbury.
“The forensic team will take a while to identify the body,” explained the head of the uniform.
Wolcott Road was closed for several hours while the police were conducting their investigation.
Spagnolo said at a press conference that it was the police work that led the investigators to the evidence in Wolcott.
“We are very committed to finding some answers for the family, for the Álvarez family in this case and we will continue along that path until we have everything,” said the chief.
The police could not offer details of whether there are clues or not about the whereabouts of Peguero Gómez, considered a person of interest in the case and it is believed that he would be hiding in the Dominican Republic.
He is a native of the Los Mina neighborhood in Santo Domingo.
Janet’s brother, Randy Avalo, told FOX News 61 on the phone that he and his family would never suspect that the boyfriend would do something wrong to his sister.
“He was always close to us and we hope he will come back,” Randy said.
Police sent a statement shortly after 9:00 on Tuesday night, informing that the investigation of the missing person of Mrs. Janet Avalo Álvarez led the Waterbury police detectives to begin a search in the Wooded area of Route 69 from Wolcott Road into the city of Wolcott.
“The Waterbury detectives have focused their investigation efforts on locating Mrs. Janet Avalo Álvarez since her friends and co-workers reported her as missing for the first time on 11/13 at approximately 11:37 p.m.”, he adds the notice.
“During this investigation, Alfredo Peguero Gómez was identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Mrs. Avalo Álvarez. The detectives focused on tracking the whereabouts of Peguero Gómez and his vehicle since the last contact someone had with Mrs. Avalo Álvarez on 11/12 at the Bar “La Guakara Taina” in Waterbury, “explains the police.
“These investigative efforts led detectives to begin searching the woodland areas along Route 69 from Waterbury to Wolcott.
At approximately 17:30 GMT (5:30 Eastern Standard Time) in the afternoon, detectives located the body of a deceased person in a wooden area approximately 50 feet from Route 69, approximately one mile from the city of Wolcott, ”says police.
The police chief said that department detectives have contacted Mrs. Avalo Álvarez’s family and informed them of the investigation update.
“The investigation continues to determine the identity of the deceased person,” insisted the police commander.
The uniformed informed that it has opened a special space specifically for this case and any information that the public has to share with the detectives about the investigation can be done by phone, in person or through the configuration of the TIP line of email.