ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — The funeral for an Ansonia mother killed in her own home will be held on Wednesday, as police search the neighborhood and for clues to her daughter’s whereabouts.
43-year-old Christine Holloway was found dead in her home on Myrtle Avenue December 2nd, only days after Thanksgiving.
Friends, strangers, and local organizations came together this week to help Holloway’s family pay for funeral costs.
Holloway’s home remains an active crime scene Wednesday. Police have been watching the house 24/7 since they found Christine’s body. So far, police have not named a suspect in Holloway’s death or in the disappearance of her 1-year-old daughter, Vanessa Morales.
Her boyfriend, Vanessa’s father, is behind bars on charges that are not related to this case. Police say he and Vanessa’s family are fully cooperating.
However, Vanessa is nowhere to be found. There is still an active Amber Alert for her. Police have tracked down several leads, but so far no sign of the little girl.
Some businesses in the area are hanging Vanessa’s missing poster in their window.
Federal, State, and local law enforcement have repeatedly searched a section of Naugatuck State Forest over the last week and half, a 5,000 acre track of heavy woods bordering several towns and split by the Naugatuck River.
Deputy Chief of Naugatuck Police Department, Colin McAllister, describing the search location as “a mix of generally very remote area as well as some residential areas.”
Ansonia Police confirm the search is connected to Holloway’s murder and Vanessa’s search.
McAllister says the State Park is active even during cold and snowy conditions, so authorities are putting out the alert for anyone who may have been trekking through the area recently to wrack their memories for anything that might have been out of the ordinary.
“Anybody in these types of situations who walks their dogs or hike in these types of situations is going to notice what might be out of place. We would encourage them to have a heightened sense of awareness and contact us so we can immediately respond.”– Deputy Chief Colin McAllister, Naugatuck PD
McAllister adding that law enforcement is hopeful “for a positive resolution and outcome for this tragic incident.”
Vanessa is described as a 1-year-old girl with brown eyes, brown hair, stands 2′ 2″ and weighs 17 lbs.
Anyone with information on Vanessa Morales’ whereabouts is urged to contact Ansonia police at (203) 735-1885 or the FBI at (800) 225-5324.