Police, Family Search for Missing Waterbury Woman

Boyfriend "Person of Interest" in Disappearance of Janet Avalo-Alvarez

Dave Mager
November 18, 2019 - 6:57 pm

Almost one week since she was last heard from, police and family members are still searching for Janet Avalo-Alvarez, 26, of Waterbury.

"I think Ms. Alvarez is a very loved and well-respected person in this community," Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said, adding, "The family is devastated by the circumstances."

"We will continue to work together with them and we applaud their efforts."

Friends last heard from Avalo-Alvarez late on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 12, after work at "Guakara Taina," the bar she co-owns with her boyfriend, Alfredo Peguero-Gomez, 32. 

One day later, she was reported missing. Police began their search after 11 p.m. on Weds., Nov 13, with a wellness check at the Ayers Rd. home shared by the couple. There, they found Peguero-Gomez, but there was no sign of Avalo-Alvarez.

Police say Peguero-Gomez left town a short time later, after 1 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. At about 2:30 a.m., his Toyota Corolla was seen crossing the George Washington Bridge in New York, heading towards New Jersey. Later in the day, that car was found in a Newark Airport parking lot.

Waterbury police call Peguero-Gomez a "strong" person of interest in the disappearance of Avalo-Alvarez. They believe he may be in the Dominican Republic. 

Family and friends spent part of Monday searching the woods of Waterbury, searching for any sign of the missing woman.

Chief Spagnolo says the chances of finding her alive are "grim," but he's still holding out hope, asking for the public's help.

Waterbury detectives can be reached at (203) 574-6941. The Crime Stopper TIP Line is (203) 755-1234. 

Also, an e-mail tip address has been set up specifically for this case. It is TIP.avalo-alvarez@wtbypd.org