Video shows missing Stamford woman took bus to Darien, police say
STAMFORD — After seeing a woman reported missing get onto a bus near her home in Stamford and get off the bus by herself in Darien, police say they do not believe anything bad has happened to Karolina Martinez Vanni or that she is being held under duress.
It was a slow and tedious process to talk to Martinez’s friends and family on the East Side and compile video on her journey, but police were able to put together a video trail showing her get on the bus at Lockwood Avenue and East Main Street Monday and get off in the Noroton section of Darien minutes later, Sgt. Paul Guzda said.
Still, there are many questions left to be answered about why Martinez, 41, left home.
“It does not look like at any point she is under any distress. She was by herself,” Guzda said after looking at video of Martinez from inside the Connecticut Transit bus. “We have absolutely no evidence that foul play was involved.”
Martinez, a mother of two daughters, was reported missing by her family on Monday evening after she was last seen leaving her home shortly after noon on Monday. Police obtained video of her walking north on Lockwood Avenue from Cove road.
Guzda said the video trail led them to East Main Street where she boarded the eastbound bus to Darien.
“At this time, this is where the trail ends,” Guzda said. He said that Martinez’s partner and the father of her children, Roberto Cabrera, has been “cooperating 150 percent” and Martinez’s friends and neighbors have told investigators that the two are caring and supportive parents.
Guzda said police have not been called to their home in the Cove for any domestic issues in the past.
Cabrera said the two have been living in Stamford for 20 years and are raising two girls, ages 11 and 13.
“We cannot comment on why she left, we just don’t know,” Guzda said. “We are trying to figure this out and the investigation continues.”
When asked about the Darien destination, Cabrera said he wasn’t sure it was true.
“I don’t want to put that out there until we are 100 percent sure. Until then I’d like to keep it the way it was,” he said, meaning that he will continue to search in Stamford for Martinez.
Guzda said if anyone sees Martinez or has information they would like to share on the case, call 203-977-4417.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said police had ruled out abduction as the cause for her disappearance. That was incorrect. Police said video shows the missing woman take a bus to Darien but they are uncertain what happened to her after that.