Amber Alert

Man Suspected in Death of Girlfriend, Disappearance of Daughter, Appears in Court on Unrelated Charges

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A man suspected in the disappearance of his 1-year-old daughter and the death of her mother appeared in court Wednesday on unrelated charges from a case in New Haven.

Jose Morales, 43, of New Haven, Conn., is the father of Vanessa Morales, a 1-year-old baby who was reported missing on Dec. 2 after her mother, Christine Holloway, was found dead in her Ansonia home.

Police initially issued a Silver Alert for Vanessa, but then issued an Amber Alert.  

Ansonia police said Jose Morales is a suspect in the homicide of his girlfriend, Christine Holloway, and the disappearance of their daughter.

He has been in police custody since Dec. 3 on a criminal possession of a firearm charge out of New Haven.

The search continues for Vanessa and Ansonia police said bringing her home safely is their main priority. They said they are not looking to arrest or start criminal proceedings against whoever has the baby.

Holloway's family members were in court on Wednesday and began crying as Morales entered the courtroom.

Morales' attorney asked the judge for access to the search warrants used in the Ansonia case and video related to the weapons arrest.

On Tuesday, Ansonia police released a statement about their ongoing search for Vanessa.

“(W)e just want her returned to her family,” Ansonia police said in the news release. “It is imperative that we find Vanessa, a one-year old child who is wholly dependent on others for her care and well-being and we know locating Vanessa would bring a sense of relief to her family.”

Ansonia police ask anyone who had contact with or saw Jose Morales on Saturday, Nov. 30, Sunday, Dec. 1, or Monday, Dec. 2, to call the FBI tip line at 203-503-5555 or the Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885 or through Tip411.

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