Police have named Waterbury man as person of interest in his girlfriend, business partner’s disappearance

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Police released the latest information in the case of the missing Waterbury couple Monday afternoon.

Related: Police searching for missing Waterbury couple, night club owners

Twenty-six year-old Janet Avalo-Alvarez was last seen the evening of November 12th at the night club she owns, LaGuakara Taina.

Alvarez owns the nightclub with her boyfriend, Alfredo Esmerli-Peguero-Gomez.

Related: Police search for missing Waterbury bar owner

A friend/employee of Alvarez called her in as missing Wednesday night. He told police that the last text he got from Alvarez was around 1030p.m Tuesday night. Police went to the home Gomez and Alvarez share Wedneaday around 11:40pm for a Welfare Check.

After Gomez spoke to police Wednesday night about Alvarez’s disappearance, he, too, went missing.

Gomez’s car, a Toyota Corolla was found parked at Newark airport only 4 hours after speaking with police at his home.

Upon searching the bar, police found Alvarez’s purse and keys inside, and her car parked behind the bar.

Additionally, police revealed that they found that the liquor license for LaGuakara Taina had expired.

Police named Gomez a person of interest in Alvarez’s disappearance Monday afternoon in a press conference.

“At this point, I will reiterate, Gomez is a very strong person of interest in this case.”

– Waterbury Police

WEB EXTRA: Police share latest details on their search for missing Waterbury woman, name boyfriend as person of interest in disappearance

News 8 went out with four of Alvarez’s friends Monday afternoon to search multiple wooded locations for her. The search efforts have, so far, come up empty.

Friends of missing Waterbury woman search the woods at Lakewood Park Monday afternoon.

Police say that Gomez does have family in the Dominican Republic, but they can’t confirm that that’s where he went.

Police say they are working with state and federal agencies on the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterbury Police.

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