ANSONIA, Conn. (CNN) — Authorities continued looking Thursday for a 1-year-old after finding a dead woman in an Ansonia, Conn., home and learning that the baby who lives at the residence was supposed to be there, according to police.
Police issued an Amber Alert for Venessa Morales on Wednesday. Investigators have spoken with the girl’s father and family members, and none knows her whereabouts, Lt. Patrick Lynch of the Ansonia Police Department said. She was last seen Friday afternoon at a relative’s house.
The nearby Derby Police Department and state and federal authorities are assisting in the search. “We will continue to follow every lead. No information is too small or insignificant,” Lynch said, explaining that authorities do not believe the incident is random. He would not elaborate.
The woman who was found dead at the home in Ansonia, about 10 miles west of New Haven, has not been identified. It was not clear how, if at all, she is related to Venessa.
Police are attempting to identify the woman via her fingerprints, Lynch said Wednesday, and they expect to release her name soon.
The woman died of blunt force trauma, police said, but the New Haven County and state medical examiners’ offices have not released additional information.
Ansonia police visited the house Monday around 1 p.m. after receiving a request to check on a woman who had not shown up for work and hadn’t called in sick, according to a news release. No one answered the door for police.
That evening, a concerned relative requested another welfare check because the relative hadn’t heard from the woman, Lynch said. This time, the police statement said, officers forced their way inside and found the woman dead.
“Information was received that Venessa Morales, age one, should have been in the home, but there was no one else in the home,” the police statement said.
Ansonia Mayor David has directed police to make finding Venessa their top priority, he told CNN on Tuesday.
“I received a call from the chief of police at 1 o’clock this morning stating there was a domestic homicide and a 1-year-old baby missing,” Cassetti said. “I said, ‘You are to focus all your attention — get state, federal, everyone involved — to find this child as soon as possible.'”