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Boyfriend Charged With Murder in the Death of Jini Barnum

Anthony Garofalo, the man who called 911 to report the East Hampton woman's disappearance last summer, was arrested Monday on charges of strangulation and murder.

 

Anthony Garofalo was arrested Monday on a charge of murdering his girlfriend, 30-year-old East Hampton woman Jini Barnum, the East Hampton Police Department announced in a news release.

Garofalo, 38, of East Hampton, faces charges of murder, first-degree strangulation and tampering with physical evidence, the news release said.

He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on Monday and is being held on a $1 million bond. The case was continued, police said.

According to police, Garofalo reported Barnum missing on July 29. He told police the pair, who lived together in East Hampton with their infant child, had gotten into an argument and Barnum left the house to take a walk.

Barnum hadn’t been seen for roughly two months until her remains were uncovered in a shallow grave in Glastonbury on Sept. 9. The state medical examiner ruled her death a homicide by strangulation.

According to the news release, multiple agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Glastonbury police, the state Department of Criminal Justice, a K-9 search team, the State Police’s major crimes division and the state Department of Corrections.

Garofalo is a registered sex offender. He has been incarcerated since the summer for allegedly violating his parole — a charge stemming from Barnum’s disappearance, state officials told Patch.

Past articles on this story:

  • Criminal Investigation Into Missing East Hampton Woman Enters Fourth Week
  • PD: Disappearance of East Hampton Woman Now Being Criminally Investigated

Check back with Patch as we get more information on this story.

Tee January 28, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I knew he had something to do with it

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