The search for Tina Adovasio, the 40-year-old mother of four in Throgs Neck, turned out to be brutal and short, and her life sadder and more secret-filled than previously thought. Her body was found Wednesday night in Yorktown, beaten and asphyxiated, and her husband, ex-NYPD cop Eddy Coello, is the chief suspect, at last report. Turns out that despite the fact that Adovasio, who worked as a nurse in New Rochelle, was close to her family, they didn’t learn until she went missing that she was even married to Coello. Why? She was afraid to tell her family because they thought he was an “animal” and a “lowlife.” She thought so, too: She had already sent her 5-year-old daughter to live with her mother in Dutchess County.
The Journal-News‘s Shawn Cohen writes:
Adovasio, 40, also was so convinced that members of her family would disapprove of her troubled relationship with Edwin Coello, an ex-New York City police officer, that she didn’t tell them they had gotten married.
“I never knew she married him, not until this happened,” said Adrienne Susco, Adovasio’s mother, who has been raising the little girl, Mia, in Holmes.
This case started ugly and will continue that way. More from the Journal-News will tell you why:
Adovasio’s body was found off the Taconic State Parkway, near Mohansic Golf Course, five days after she went missing from her Bronx home. Police say she died of asphyxiation. The NYPD says Tina Adovasio also suffered blunt trauma to the head and chest.
Her husband is the chief suspect in her disappearance, police said, but he has not been charged. Coello told police she left home after they argued March 11.
On Thursday morning, Coello went to the 45th Precinct, accompanied by two lawyers, who said the visit was planned before the body was found. Eddy Coello refused to look at pictures or give a DNA sample to investigators before leaving a police station with his attorney, police said.
The heartbreak and anger up in Putnam and Dutchess counties, where she has many relatives, will continue white-hot.
“We come from a very close, big family and everybody’s destroyed,” her cousin Joseph Rapisarda, 41, of Mahopac said.
Members of her family said they were aware that Coello had abused her.
“He’s just an animal,” Rapisarda said. “He’s a lowlife. He lost his job as a cop because of his physical abuse to his first wife. … A part of us is dead now.”
For years, many relatives refused to let him visit.
“We haven’t seen him because he was banned,” Rapisarda said. “All the men in the family wanted nothing to do with him after the first time he laid his hands on her, and he didn’t show his face in front of us. I’m sorry I didn’t do something to him myself after the first time he laid hands on her.”