Ansonia businesses, mayor maintain hope in finding missing 1-year-old

Posted: Updated:

The Ansonia community is still not giving up hope in finding missing 1-year-old Vanessa Morales, who has not been seen in 1 1/2 weeks.

Police have been searching for Morales since finding her mother dead in Ansonia during a welfare check. Morales has since become the focus of an Amber Alert.

The search began Dec. 2 when police responded to a Myrtle Avenue home, where they found Christine Holloway beaten to death and Morales missing.

MORE: Joey C's in Stratford to host fundraiser for family of slain Ansonia woman 

Eighty investigators from the FBI, state police and local police are working to find Holloway's killer and figure out who has Morales.

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti offered a message for the community Friday.

MORE: Funeral held for slain Ansonia mother as Amber Alert remains in effect for daughter 

"I want them to pray ... pray for their safe return. As time goes on, it becomes more concerning to me about the whereabouts of little Vanessa," he says. "But the police are doing their due diligence as we speak."

Local businesses have posted numerous flyers inside and outside in hopes of spreading awareness in finding Morales. The heartbreaking case has become the talk of the town anywhere you go.

"I want to cry ... this community, we all love each other, we're a big family out here," says Joseph Simko, of Cooper City Classic.

Vanessa's father Jose Morales was arrested by New Haven police last week on an unrelated weapons charge. Police say he has been cooperating.


 

 

 

  • Connecticut SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • It's National Dress Up Your Pet Day - Submit your photos

    It's National Dress Up Your Pet Day - Submit your photos

    Tuesday, January 14 2020 5:36 AM EST2020-01-14 10:36:44 GMT
    Happy National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Do you dress up your pet?Happy National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Do you dress up your pet?
    Happy National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Do you dress up your pet?Happy National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Do you dress up your pet?
    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans were expected to spend $490 million on costumes for their pets this past Halloween. But there's another special day to celebrate your furry friend!
    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans were expected to spend $490 million on costumes for their pets this past Halloween. But there's another special day to celebrate your furry friend!
  • Pitt, Sandler and 'The Irishman' celebrated at NBR Awards

    Pitt, Sandler and 'The Irishman' celebrated at NBR Awards

    The National Board of Review assembled many of the regulars of this year’s awards season in the annual, untelevised gala dinner at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.The National Board of Review assembled many of the regulars of this year’s awards season in the annual, untelevised gala dinner at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.
    The National Board of Review assembled many of the regulars of this year’s awards season in the annual, untelevised gala dinner at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.The National Board of Review assembled many of the regulars of this year’s awards season in the annual, untelevised gala dinner at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.
    The National Board of Review assembled many of the regulars of this year’s awards season in the annual, untelevised gala dinner at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.
    The National Board of Review assembled many of the regulars of this year’s awards season in the annual, untelevised gala dinner at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.
  • Stars hit the red carpet for the premiere of 'Like a Boss'

    Stars hit the red carpet for the premiere of 'Like a Boss'

    The stars of the film "Like a Boss" hit the red carpet Tuesday in New York City for the premiere.
    The stars of the film "Like a Boss" hit the red carpet Tuesday in New York City for the premiere.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."