Authorities have released more details about the arrest of missing Connecticut toddler Vanessa Morales’ father this week.
The 1-year-old girl is the subject of an AMBER Alert issued Wednesday, after authorities found her mother dead of an apparent homicide in their Ansonia home. Vanessa was nowhere to be seen when police responded to the home on Monday in response to a welfare check request, and found the body of 43-year-old Christine Holloway, who died of blunt-force trauma.
According to an incident report obtained by the Valley Independent Sentinel, police searched the home of Jose Morales, Vanessa’s father, as part of “an ongoing Ansonia homicide investigation.” Morales reportedly lives in New Haven with his parents, but was in a relationship with Holloway and sometimes stayed at her home in Ansonia.
A New Haven police arrest report obtained by the newspaper shows that police found stun guns in Morales’ home during the search. Morales is not permitted to own the weapons because he is a convicted felon, the report notes. The details of his prior criminal history are unclear.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, police have said that Morales has been cooperative. They have not named him a person of interest in either the homicide or the missing persons investigation.
Ansonia Police Lt. Patrick Lynch said in a news conference this week that police believe Vanessa Morales may be with “someone safe,” and urged that person to come forward.
The toddler was last seen by relatives on Friday, November 29.
Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 203 503 5555 or Ansonia police at 203-735-1885.
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[Feature image: Vanessa Morales and Christine Holloway/Facebook]