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Body found in canal identified as Monica Zello

The body found in the Erie Canal in Waterloo has been identified as Monica Zello. (Photo: Canandaigua Police Department)

WATERLOO, N.Y. (WHAM) - The body of a woman discovered in the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Waterloo has been identified as Monica Zello.

State Police confirmed her identity on Friday afternoon.

State Police say her body was found around 4:15 p.m. on November 22, near the site where her SUV was pulled from the water on November 21.

Zello was last seen late at night on November 17 in Canandaigua and was declared missing on November 18.

State Police tell us they do not suspect foul play at this time but their investigation is continuing.


Original story:

Waterloo, N.Y. (WHAM) - The vehicle belonging a missing Naples woman was found in the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Waterloo Tuesday night.

State Police and the Canandaigua Police Department found the vehicle around 7:30 p.m. near State Rte. 96A.

The underwater recovery team was able to tow the vehicle to land Wednesday morning.

The vehicle, a gray 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, was confirmed to belong to 29-year-old Monica Zello.

Zello was last seen late Friday night in Canandaigua and was declared missing Saturday. She is still missing as of Wednesday afternoon. Investigators are currently searching the area where the SUV was found.

A State Police helicopter and numerous K9 units are working as part of the search.

Zello has blonde hair and green eyes. She is 4'11" and weighs approximately 100 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and boots.

Anyone with information about Zello's whereabouts is asked to call the Canandaigua Police Department at (585) 394-4560.

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