The search is on for a 1-year-old Connecticut girl, who has been missing since Monday night, when her mother was found dead in her home.
Now, cops have upgraded the search for Venessa Morales, of Ansonia, from a Silver Alert to an Amber Alert.
Venessa disappeared from her home on Myrtle Avenue, where authorities said they discovered the body of her mother, identified as Christine Holloway.
The cause of Holloway’s death was “blunt force injuries to the head and torso,” an official with the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told Oxygen.com.
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti said that the girl’s mother was killed in what he characterized as a domestic homicide, WCIC reported.
Originally, officers showed up to Holloway's home to perform a welfare check on Monday, following concerns expressed by a relative, who said they hadn’t spoken to the mother in some time.
When they found the mother’s body, Ansonia Police then released details of missing Venessa Morales, and added that she “may be endangered.”
"This is a two-part investigation — the first part is a homicide investigation; the second is a missing child investigation," Lt. Patrick Lynch told The Connecticut Post on Tuesday. "Our main focus at the moment is finding Venessa Morales and making sure she's safe."
Venessa is described as standing two feet tall. She weighs 17 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes, according to police.
Any person with information Venessa Morales’s location is asked to contact Ansonia Police Department at (203) 735-1885 or the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.
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