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WOLCOTT - A body has been on Wolcott Road that may be related to the disappearance of the missing Waterbury woman, Janet Avalo-Alvarez.

The body was found in the woods just miles from the bar of where Avalo-Alvarez worked. Waterbury Police said it will take some time for the forensics team to identify the body.

Wolcott Road was closed off for several hours as police conducted their investigation.

Police were not able to commend on the condition or the gender of the person.

Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo addressed the case in a news conference and said it was their police work that led them to the evidence in Wolcott.

"We’re very committed to finding some answers for the family, for the Alvarez family in this case and we’ll continue down that path until we have it all," said Chief Spagnolo.

Police were not able to comment on Avalo-Alvarez's boyfriend, 32-year old Alfredo Peguero-Gomez who is now considered a person of interest in the case. He and Avalo-Alvarez were co-owners of "La Guakara Taina."

Avalo-Alvarez's brother, Randy Avalo told FOX61 over the phone they would never suspect her boyfriend to do anything malicious.

"He was always, always close to us and like normal. We don’t feel, like, sad. We don’t feel ... we are worried, but we have hope that she will come back," said Randy Avalo.

The manner and cause of the death of the body will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office.

Waterbury police sent the following release shortly after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday:

Updated Information

The missing person investigation of Ms. Janet Avalo-Alvarez led the Waterbury Police Detectives to begin a search of the wooded area off Route 69/Wolcott Road into the Town of Wolcott.

The Waterbury Detectives have been focusing their investigative efforts on locating Ms. Janet Avalo-Alvarez since she was first reported missing by friends and co-workers on 11/13 at approximately 11:37 pm.

During this investigation, Alfredo Peguero-gomez was identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Ms. Avalo-Alvarez. The detectives focused on tracking the whereabouts of Peguero-gomez and his vehicle from the time of the last know contact anyone had with Ms. Avalo-Alvarez on 11/12 at the “La Guakara Taina” Bar in Waterbury.

These investigative efforts led detectives to begin searching the wooden areas along Route 69 from Waterbury into Wolcott.

At approximately 17:30 p.m. detectives located the body of a deceased person in a wooden area approximately 50 feet from Route 69 about a mile into the Town of Wolcott.

Members of the Crime Scene Unit of the Waterbury Forensic Division are at that location processing the crime scene. The manner and cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The police have been in contact with the State’s Attorney, Maureen Platt, and informed her on this development.

Members of the police department have been in contact the family of Ms. Avalo-Alvarez and informed them of this update into the investigation of Ms. Avalo-Alvarez.

The investigation continues to determine the identity of the deceased person.

Any information the public has to share with the detectives about this investigation can be made by phone, in person or via the email TIP line setup exclusively for this case.

Waterbury Detectives       (203) 574 - 6941

Crime Stopper TIP Line      (203) 755 -1234

Email Tip Line          TIP.avalo-alvarez@wtbypd.org

Police are expected to give another update sometime Tuesday night.

This is a developing story.

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