Former police officer Edwin Coello told investigators he had a fight with his wife, Tina Adovasio, and she stormed out of their Throgs Neck apartment, reports the Daily News. The couple has a 5-year-old daughter together.
Adovasio is described as 5'5" with a slim build, weighing about 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a pair of UGG boots, police said.
Authorities began to believe Adovasio might be dead after video surfaced of a fuzzy image of a man hauling a duffel bag "big enough to hold a body" out of their Edison Avenue home on the day she vanished, reports the News.
Coello, 40, was brought in for questioning in connection with his wife's disappearance, but later released due to lack of evidence, according to the paper.
The former cop and his missing wife have a history of violence. The News reports Coello has been arrested at least three times for domestic assault, and that he was forced to resign from the NYPD after allegations surfaced in 2000 that he abused his first wife.
Coello's lawyer, Renee Hill, told the News her client is cooperating fully with the investigation and that he doesn't know where she is. She also pointed out that Coello was the one who filed the missing persons report.
Cops obtained a warrant to search Coello's Nissan Maxima after he allegedly refused to allow them to screen it for evidence earlier in the investigation, reports the News.
Anyone with information about Adovasio's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 577 TIPS (8477). Individuals can also submit tips online at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or via text to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.