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Tina Adovasio Murder: NY mom was asphyxiated, ex-cop husband named person of interest, say police

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Tina Adovasio Missing: Police search on for New York mother of four
Tina Adovasio
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(CBS/WCBS/AP) NEW YORK - Police said New York mother Tina Adovasio, who was found in the woods in Westchester County, died of asphyxiation, according to officials.

Investigators said her husband, ex-police officer Eddy Coello, is a person of interest, but is not cooperating with the investigation.

Her body was found around 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a wooded area by a person riding an all-terrain vehicle. Police said she also suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

Coello turned himself in at the precinct Thursday, but has not been charged.

"He was asked if he would give a DNA sample. He was asked if he would look at certain pictures. He refused," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS affiliate WCBS.

Coello reported Adovasio's disappearance to police. He left the NYPD in 2000 during a domestic violence investigation. He now works as a physician's assistant.

Earlier this week he told investigators he had scratches on his face from a fight with his wife.

Attorney Mike Lease was handling Adovasio's divorce. Lease told WCBS Adovasio got an order of protection, but did not file it because Coello allegedly promised to seek counseling.

  • Edecio Martinez

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