ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Family and friends gathered on Tuesday to remember an Ansonia mother who was killed in her home last week. This, as investigators search for her missing 1-year-old baby girl.
As authorities search for 1-year-old Vanessa Morales, a wake was held for her mother, 34-year-old Christine Holloway, Tuesday evening.
Police say Christine Holloway was found bludgeoned to death at their Myrtle Avenue home after she didn’t show up for work December 2nd.
Investigators are now asking the public to hand over surveillance camera footage between Black Friday and that following Monday as they piece together the case.
Holloway’s daughter, Vanessa Morales, has been missing since her mother was found dead. Now, there are billboards up across the state following an official Amber Alert issued for her last week.
Holloway is being remembered as a great mother, daughter, and sister. She was patient, loved working with children at a local daycare, and was the first person in her family to graduate from college with a bachelors degree in psychology.
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Her funeral will be held at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport Wednesday.
There are now several groups in Connecticut stepping up to try to make things easier on her family.
Wustoff in Norwalk is stepping up to help. Holloway’s brother, Stephen Holloway, works there.
Robin Glotzer of Wustoff called Christine’s death heartbreaking and that she can’t “imagine what his family and what Stephen is going through.”
Robin says coworkers are raising money to help Stephen and his family pay for Christine’s funeral.
“We’re kind of family around here so everyone pitched in whatever they could.”– Robin Glotzer of Wustoff
Robin and others have a message for their colleague, Stephen: “His coworkers love him. We’re thinking about him. And we’re hoping that his niece is returned to him.”
Robin’s company isn’t the only group pitching in to help with the funeral costs.
Bridgeport Public Schools offering their support. Acting Superintendent Michael Testani says they are trying to do whatever they can to support the family.
“We’re trying to provide as much financial support, food, and anything else that we can try and do to support this family.”– Michael Testani, Acting Superintendent Bridgeport Public Schools
Testani wrote to district employees asking if they could donate because Christine’s mother works for the district.
“If one of us hurts, everyone hurts, so we’re just rallying around Mrs. Holloway and her family.”– Michael Testani, Acting Superintendent Bridgeport Public Schools
At Saint Andrew’s in Bridgeport, where Holloway went to church, they are working to create fundraisers to come up with reward money they hope will lead to Vanessa’s safe return.
As Holloway’s family grieves her loss, they’re hoping someone, somewhere will come forward with information that will lead them to Vanessa.
Munawar Choudhry owns the popular Mobile in Ansonia and put up a flier of Vanessa’s Amber Alert. He says it is the least he can do.
“A lot of my customers, they’re worried and they’re asking ‘have you heard? Have you heard?’ ” said Munawar Choudhry.
“I hope she’s safe though,” said Choudhry.
“Just to let the people know and help the family. If we can, anyway,” said Choudhry.
So far, police have not named a suspect in Holloway’s death or in the disappearance of Vanessa.
Holloway’s boyfriend and Vanessa’s father is behind bars for charges not related to the case. Police say he and Vanessa’s family are fully cooperating.
Police have been watching the house 24/7 since they found Holloway’s body. No one is allowed inside besides investigators.
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 Morales’ whereabouts is urged to contact Ansonia police at (203) 735-1885 or the FBI at (800) 225-5324.