NYPD: Bronx Mom Tina Adovasio Was Suffocated

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Bronx nurse and mother of four whose body was found in the woods in Westchester County died of asphyxiation.

The NYPD said Tina Adovasio also suffered blunt trauma to the head and chest. Her body was found around 6 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area just south of the Taconic Parkway in Yorktown Heights by a person riding an all-terrain vehicle.

Investigators said Adovasio’s husband, Eddy Coello, an ex-police officer, is a person of interest. He turned himself in at the precinct Thursday, but has not been charged.

“He was asked if he would give a DNA sample. He was asked if he would look at certain pictures. He refused,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Coello left the police station with his attorney.

Coello reported Adovasio’s disappearance to police. He left the NYPD in 2000 during a domestic violence investigation. He now works as a physician’s assistant.

Earlier this week he told investigators he had scratches on his face from a fight with his wife.

Attorney Mike Lease was handling Adovasio’s divorce. Lease told reporters Adovasio got an order of protection but did not file it because Coello allegedly promised to seek counseling.

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  • Margaret

    Sadly, I too, have been in this situation and luckily I got out before it was too late. For all of those passing judgment on why she didn’t leave sooner- you have no idea how difficult the situation is with a manipulative controller like this until you are TOO far into it. I also am an educated, attractive woman who was in a similar situation. Controllers do not come with a “warning label”. They can come in all shapes and sizes. Mine was well spoken and attractive as well- especially impressing others. Behind closed doors is a different story. I’m so saddened to read this, because this was my life 4 years ago before I divorced this animal I called my husband. I too, was “secretly” married so no one knew I married someone they didn’t approve of. Rest her soul. I only wish I knew her a week ago today. I would have met her for coffee, shared my story with her and asked her to stay here where she would be safe. This devastates me.

  • Maria

    It says above she got the order of protection but did not file it. Regarless if she did or not. Her husband looks like the #1 suspect. They will need prove he is guilty! He is digging his own hole. My thoughts and prayers to her family during this difficult time. May she rest in peace.

  • Beef Jerky

    Where is Sgt. Drew Peterson?

  • brooklyn4ever

    Hopefully, he will be the hit of his cell block and a new man will have their way with him every night. Nothing worse than knowing what put you in the slammer is now a resident of it themselves. I hope you get everything you have coming to you and more.

    • bill

      Not filing for a protection otder, and letting him in the house may be stupid but anot a crime punishable by death I hope this S O B gets a little domestic violance from his cell husband Bubba

    • Maria

      I hope so too! What was he thinking? Leaving his children without a mother?
      I hope they punish him to the fullest!

  • jtorres

    No one suffers blunt force trauma to the head and chest and then is asphyxiated “accidentally.” Whover killed her (read “her husband”) did it intentionally. It is unfortunate but not an accident

    • Maria

      I totally agree with jtorres. This was no accident. This was MURDER! The answer For the laid back person.

  • Moral Truth

    If her husband was so violent then why didn’t she file for a restraining order.

    If she filed for it this murder may have not occured and thats the moral truth.

    • diane Simon

      if the cops had been there several times why wasn’t he put in Jail because the domestic violence law says the person has to press charges . He resigned from NYPD but he never got co
      nceling . Yes the protection order should have been filed. Women don’t want to keep the guy from his kids. Some men will kill if they feel that they will not get partial custody of the kids. I think he got off because he was a former cop. She told her lawyer that if she was dead it was him who killed her then why not file for protection? I don’t think a protection order would have stopped him if it was him. He’s not cooperating tells me that he’s got to be guilty. Ihope there someone else to take those four kids. She was filing for the divorce so she was trying to get away. Him being an x cop may have caused her to believe she would not get the protection anyway. She didn’t trust the cops to enforce it.

    • Maria

      To Moral Truth! A mother of 3 where I lived was shot to death and then he shot himself. She had an order of protection, he kick the door in while the family slept and shot her and threaten his own daughter, as she ran out of the home he shot killed himself. My point is: If someone wants to kill another person, they will find a way to do it.

      • diane Simon

        This was no accident it’s a murder case ,Maria no one can know what it’s like to be her. When you are raising children you still need the father in these kids lives…for money and for the fact these kids don’t hate their dad. may be a good dad he just may not know not to harm his wife.
        Or a man that can’t let go will kill his mate than let her move on to find someone else. He sees her as his and the divorce he wasn’t going to allow it to happen. We don’t know all the details of their lives. Maybe she didn’t want to give him any custody of the kids. he lost it and killed her, Or he felt they were not being taken care of because she was out too late dating again. He was Jealous she was moving on without him. Or a random killing or a stalker who Knows? he’s just a suspect for now….she left a letter with her lawyer saying if she was dead he killed her . Getting out didn’t seam to work for her she is dead and that is scary .I don’t think she could have been safe anywhere if it was him..

      • diane Simon

        yes I believe that too . Some women do not leave because they are terrified that the man is capable of that level of violence. You can’t judge this woman she may still have hoped that she really didn’t marry a man that would harm her because of the kids they have together. Hoped that she could divorce think that if he wanted to kill her no restraining order would have stopped him… Some men become so locked into a wife is a possession and if he couldn’t have her no one else was going to.

    • Flynn

      She did — it’s been reported previously that she filed an order of protection.

      • Flynn

        Ah…I re-read above. Seems to contradict the earlier reports that she did get the protection order. Damn shame. Though I hate to say it, but orders of protection tend to do very little.

      • Moral Truth

        If that was the case flynn then why did she let him in the house?
        Something doesn’t seem right here and thats the moral truth.

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    • jtorres

      The filing for divorce and the order of protection is probably what sent him over the edge to the point where he killed her. Abusive husbands are very controlling and driven completely by ego. “No one leaves ME”, is their common belief. I’m only surprised he didn’t do it sooner or to his ex. I feel sorry for her children, especially their little girl. When he goes to jail, she’s lost both parents.

    • BeenThereDoneThat

      Nice fantasy world you live in. “Men” (and I use the term loosely here) like that aren’t stopped by pieces of paper that tell them to “stay away”.

    • BigEZ

      Seriously?? If someone is intent on killing someone, no restraining order is going to save them.

      Moral truth,,,,, rolls eyes.

  • RR

    Whoever edited this… the proper title is Physician Assistant, not Physician’s. And since he had medical training this is even worse because you take an oath to save people’s lives, not take them away. Such a sad sad story.

    • NotQuite

      In the article it’s not capitalized as a title, therefore it would be correct to say “physician’s assistant”.

  • Vin

    Sean — he already beat her once (or twice) before. So he has already assaulted the mother of his children. Once a P.O.S. always a P.O.S. He’s just stonewalling now becaus he knows he’s going way down in Hell for this one. Hope his boyfriend Bubba takes good care of him in Rikers.

  • Vin

    He’s a piece of sheet who deserves to rot in hell. He’s clamming up now? Blue Wall doesn’t work anymore, A-Hole.

  • harlem going ham

    I wish i could write like the author of this article and still get paid. The order of protection paragraph is a hot ass mess. Who’s the editor? Whoever the editor iis, he/she needs to be slapped.

  • sean

    It sounds like the media already decided. I may agree but this is not an unbiased view.

    • Harlem Going H.A.M.

      He killed the mother of his children, which will earn him a express ride to hell.

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