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NYPD: Bronx Mom Tina Adovasio Was Suffocated

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Tina Adovasio (Photo/Handout)

Tina Adovasio (Photo/Handout)

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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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