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Husband of slain woman declines to give cops DNA sample



The ex-cop husband of a Throgs Neck woman who was found dead upstate turned himself in to Bronx cops Thursday for questioning, but was released a half hour later after declining to give a DNA sample, according to published reports.

The body of Tina Adovasio, 40, was reportedly found Wednesday morning in Yorktown Heights, though the body remains officially unidentified. Her husband, Edwin Coello, 38 and an ex-housing cop for the NYPD, is reportedly a person of interest and went with his lawyer to the 45th Precinct in the Bronx, but left after 25 minutes.

"He was asked if he would give a DNA sample," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly reportedly said. "We asked him to look at certain pictures. He refused. And then he left," he said, adding that the couple's marriage "looks like it was tumultuous."

Adovasio, a mother of four, disappeared Friday from the Throgs Neck home she shared with Coello and their 5-year-old daughter, according to published reports. Her other three children are from a previous marriage. Officials wouldn't comment on her cause of death, but reports said she was strangled.

Reports said a person was seen on surveillance camera near the couple's home early Saturday morning carrying a large duffel bag wrapped in a sheet.

Coello reportedly left the NYPD in 2000 after reports came out that he abused his first wife.

His lawyer couldn't be reached for comment. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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