Vanessa Morales

Vanessa, circa 2019; Age-progression to age 2 (circa 2020); Missing belongings; Christine Holloway; Jose Morales

  • Missing Since 11/29/2019
  • Missing From Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 09/07/2018 (2)
  • Age 1 year old
  • Height and Weight 2'0, 17 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.

Details of Disappearance

Vanessa was last seen in Ansonia, Connecticut on November 29, 2019. She lived with her mother, Christine Holloway, on Myrtle Street. On December 2, Christine didn't show up for work and no one was able to get in touch with her. The police were sent to Christine's home on Myrtle Avenue to do a welfare check, and found her body in the bathtub; she'd been beaten to death. There was no sign of Vanessa and she has never been heard from again.

Vanessa's father, Jose Morales, was dating Christine at the time of her death. Photos of Jose and Christine are posted with this case summary. He was arrested for an unrelated firearms charge on December 3, the day after Christine's body was found. Within two weeks he'd been named as a suspect in Christine's murder, and in February he was charged with murder and evidence tampering in her case. He has not been charged in connection with his daughter's disappearance, however.

Jose is the last person known to have been with Vanessa. She wasn't with him at the time of his arrest. Some of her baby items were never found, including a pink, purple, green and blue teething keyring, a white blanket with multicolored polka dots, a heather-gray Eddie Bauer First Adventure backpack-style diaper bag, a black Graco car seat. Photos of these items are posted with this case summary. Christine's phone, an iPhone 8 with a black case, is also missing; it last pinged in the Naugatuck, Connecticut area.

Authorities believe Vanessa may still be alive and still somewhere in Connecticut. Her father hasn't provided any information on her disappearance or Christine's murder. He is awaiting trial in Christine's death. Vanessa's case remains unsolved.

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 20, 2021; casefile added.