Anthony Garofalo, the boyfriend of Jini Barnum who reported her missing in late July, has now been named a suspect in Barnum’s death, a police official said.
In an email response to East Hampton-Portland Patch, East Hampton Police Chief Matthew Reimondo confirmed that Garofalo is considered to be a suspect in the investigation, which now includes both Glastonbury police and the Connecticut State Police’s major crimes unit.
Barnum’s remains along Windham Road Sunday morning in Glastonbury. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the remains were Barnum’s following an autopsy Monday and that her death has been ruled a homicide. The office declined, however, to state her actual cause of death because the family had yet to be notified.
In an interview with The Hartford Courant, Reimondo noted that Garofalo is one of several people his department will be speaking to throughout the course of the police investigation.
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Garofalo was the last person to see Barnum before she was reported missing and he was reportedly the one who called 911 to alert authorities that she was gone. He is a convicted sex offender who served jail time for kidnapping in 2003, and was on special parole at the time of Barnum’s disappearance.
He was arrested on Aug. 4 on a , and is still in lock-up at Hartford Correction Center. Brian Garnett, Department of Corrections spokesman, reaffirmed Monday that he couldn’t talk about the nature of Garofalo’s incarceration because of the ongoing Barnum investigation.
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