Police Confirm Body Found Is Missing L.I. Mom

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/ CBS 2 / WCBS 880) — After specially trained police dogs searched through the woods for 31-year-old Nicole Tessa, police confirmed late Tuesday they have found the body of the Long Island mother.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

Tessa, 31, of Patchogue, had been missing since Friday night, and her friends and family said they feared the worst.

Suffolk County police said her body was found near her home on Prince Street. At the home of Tessa’s twin sister Tuesday night, the family kept their thoughts to themselves.

“I don’t even know what to say with something like that. I’m sitting here shaking now…I’m shocked,” neighbor Doreen Cesarino told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Police questioned Tessa’s husband Joseph Jones, who said he didn’t have a clue about his wife’s disappearance, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.  Despite the questioning, police have not labeled Jones as a suspect.

“We don’t comment on whether we do or we don’t have suspects,” Suffolk County Homicide Squad Lieutenant Gerard Pelkofsky said.

When asked by CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan what he believed happened to his wife, Jones responded “I don’t know.”

On Tuesday afternoon, he made the following plea for her return: “I just want you to come home…call… let us know that you’re all right, let your family know you’re all right. Please honey.  I love you and miss you. Come home.”

Among the cadaver dogs brought in for the search was ‘Blue’ — part of the team that found the bodies of four women along Ocean Parkway last week.

Jones said the couple argued Friday night and that he left the house for about 2 1/2 hours and returned around 2 a.m. to find that his wife wasn’t home.

Jones said Tessa has left when they’ve argued before, but this time she left without her cell phone and without her anti-seizure medication.

The couple’s landlord said she heard the couple shouting.

“I hope they find her. She’s always been very kind to me. She’s a nice girl,” the landlord told McLogan.

Friends say Tessa, a medical student at Briarcliffe College, was not the type of person to willingly leave home without her 3-year-old son

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  • mary swain

    miss u nichole my heart is crying 4 u. but dont u worrie we will find justice; please xocome 2 me in my dreams. miss n love u baby girl, be good.xoxo

  • mary swain

    hay my beautiful girl/daughter my mind is so fuc *ed up i pray and pray every day god send me the way u no please help me n nicholes famaily i will never rest in peace intill i no that she is resting my red ribbon is still around the tree n w ill stay there intill we find out what happened when it dose come to face may god have taken me so i dont have 2 live when my beautiful baby girl is gone i will never except that i love u nichole n jenn 2 dream about u is always beautiful n i do all the x sweet dreams i love u all please call xoxoxoxo mama

  • mary swain

    hay jenn this is ur other mother mary my heart is breaking 4 u and your family god just needed another super angel in heaven 2 take control of his wild angels and there was no other better earth angel than your sister who will take controll of heaven we no we got a ticket first row.just have faith and no justise will pervale i promis’ keep happy thoughts and remember nichole may not b here 4 us 2 c but she is sitting on ur shoulder and watching u and ur family. i will love u always and b here 4 u no matter what so if u have a bad day please call me and i promis 2 make u smile only if its a minute in time hugs and kisses mary and michael 631 848 4189(cell) 631 584 2184 (home)

  • Tami

    Look at his face in the video.. no Remorse. Nicole told me they were fighting because he was cheating on her. Theres no doubt in my mind that he had atleast a part in her death. R.I.P Nicole Forever Loved!

  • jonquil

    John V. is probably right. The police are waiting for him to trip himself up.

  • Steve Wolf

    I’m friends with Nicole’s brothers and sister. God Bless that little boy who no longer has a Mommy. However he has a guardian angel. My love goes out to the entire family.RIP Nicole

    • Brian

      Why would you lie about knowing her?? I don’t get it…Who are her brothers?? Granted I only hungout with her when I was 16yrs old and tops 30x’s but don’t remember her having any brothers. To each their own I guess.

      • T

        Nicole has 1 brother.

      • Steve Wolf

        Michael & Matthew Saito are her step brothers.

  • j

    This cat looks so fake. I man she’s going to go out in the freezing cold. Yeah aight. Look to the BF. He even looks shady!

  • John V.

    What does everyone think ? My bet is that the Husband is responsible for this poor womans demise.

    • Brian

      He is a total POS….my sister knows him and said he totally did it right away…I knew both the sisters from Sachem as a kid.

      • jenn tessa

        who are you this is jenn tessa n would like to know who u are?

    • Janine H.

      I agree 100%, no doubt.

  • Know it All

    He killed her! They argue, he leaves and comes back to he gone? HAHAHAHA.
    Make sure you check the woods North of Sunrise Hwy between North Ocean Ave and Waverly Ave. I bet there is a body in there!

    • Joe Tessa

      i bet u no more than most people

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