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Police searching for missing Waterbury couple, night club owners

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman and her boyfriend in Waterbury have gone missing. Police have been searching for them since last week.

Related: Police search for missing Waterbury bar owner

Twenty-six year-old, Janet Avalo-Alvarez was last seen Tuesday night at LaGuakara Taina, the nightclub she owns with her boyfriend, Alfredo Esmerli-Peguero-Gomez.

Related: Police have named Waterbury man as person of interest in his girlfriend’s disappearance

Alvarez’s brother, Randy Avalo, says the last person who saw her was Gomez, (who also goes by Smerling).

The couple live together, but after Gomez spoke with police Wednesday morning, he went missing, too.

Waterbury Police have not named Gomez as a suspect in Alvarez’s disappearance, but they are looking for both of them.

“I haven’t slept in days wondering, looking,” said Leysha Estrada, Alvarez’s friend.

“We really need him here because he was the last person to see Janet,” said Randy Avalo. “We need him here to give us some kind of explanation.”

Alvarez’s car was found outside the nightclub Wednesday morning. Estrada says Alvarez and Gomez been dating for about a year, but recently they’ve been arguing and took a ‘break’ from one another.

“She was having problems,” said Estrada, who works at the nightclub. “They were like in a situation where they felt like they needed a break. But, they’d take a five-day break and feel like they can’t live without each other and it was a back and forward kind of thing. So, at this point their relationship wasn’t good.”

Waterbury police searching for missing couple at their home in Waterbury.

Randy Avalo tells News8 police told him Gomez’s car was spotted at Newark Airport in New Jersey. Police have not confirmed that to News8. Avalo says friends and family are starting to believe Gomez took off.

“With him running, we are just thinking bad things,” Avalo said. “Because nobody knows where he’s at right now.”

Estrada doesn’t believe Alvarez would’ve just taken off without saying goodbye to anyone because her father is sick and one of her brothers is getting married soon.

“She’s not the type to just up and go,” Estrada said.

The family has formed search groups looking for Alvarez and Gomez around Waterbury. There’s a $5,000 reward for information about their loved one.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact The Waterbury Police Department immediately.

Police are expected to send out new information Monday morning surrounding the case.

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