By Brenda Sullivan
East Hampton CT Police issued a press release today (Jan. 28, 2013) reporting that the boyfriend of slain East Hampton woman Jini Barnum – 38-year-old Anthony L. Garofalo – has been arrested and charged with murder, first-degree strangulation and tampering with physical evidence.
Police state that Garofalo was arraigned at Superior Court in Middletown, CT and held on a $1 million bond.
His case was continued.
Garofalo reported Barnum missing on July 29, 2012 and made a plea on a local news cast for help locating her.
He told police that Barnum, who had given birth to a daughter only six weeks prior, had walked away from the apartment they shared after they had a fight and had not returned.
Barnum’s remains were discovered by a woman walking her dog in a wooded area in Glastonbury, CT beside a hiking trail on Sept. 9, 2012.
The CT Medical Examiner determined that the cause of death was strangulation.
Shortly after Barnum was reported as a missing person, police arrested Garofalo for violating terms of his parole. Garofalo is a convicted sex offender. He has been in jail since August. According to a report published in www.newsgather.com, he served eight years in prison for beating and raping a deaf woman he met at a bar, in 2002. (See related links for full story.)
Fox News reported on its 10 p.m. newscast tonight (Jan. 28) that police have a letter Garofalo allegedly wrote to a friend, while incarcerated for the parole violation, in which he writes that he expected to be held until Barnum’s body was found and so, he hoped someone would find her soon – implying he knew she was dead and where her body was located.
WFSB Channel 3 (CT) also reported tonight that Garofalo was familiar with the wooded area where Barnum was found, and that Barnum’s wallet was found floating in the Salmon River in East Haddam. (See related links for full story.)
The East Hampton Police press release states that today’s arrest is the result of an investigation involving several agencies, including:
Glastonbury Police, Connecticut Department of Criminal Justice, Connecticut State Police – K-9 Search and Rescue Team, Connecticut State Police – Major Crime Squad, Connecticut Department of Correction and Parole, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Police, Middletown Police Dive Team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Posted January 28, 2013
Missing East Hampton woman found dead, East Hampton Today Sept. 10, 2012 http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2012/09/10/missing-east-hampton-woman-found-dead-police-say-it-is-a-homicide/
CT Sex Offender Registry re Anthony Garofalo
WFSB Channel 3 report http://www.wfsb.com/story/20754081/boyfriend-charged-with-east-hampton-mothers-murder
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