Update: Body found in Seneca-Cayuga Canal belongs to missing Naples woman

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Monica Zello, whose vehicle was found in the Seneca-Cayuga Canal in Waterloo Tuesday. A female body was found Wednesday near the car.

State police have positively identified the body found in the Seneca-Cayuga canal in Waterloo as the missing woman from Naples, they announced Friday.

Monica Zello, 29, who lived on Route 245 near Middlesex in Yates County went missing Nov. 18 and was last seen in Canandaigua. Three days later, troopers found her vehicle in the canal off of Route 96A in Waterloo.

Near the vehicle, they also found Zello’s body.

The investigation into her death is ongoing, troopers say, and it’s not clear what led to her death.

The state police helicopter and numerous canine units assisted in the search for Zello. State police, working with Canandaigua city police, reported Wednesday afternoon that the vehicle Zello had been reported as driving had been found about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday off Route 96A in the town of Waterloo, Seneca County. The State Police Underwater Recovery Team retrieved the vehicle Wednesday morning and towed it to land.

Later in the day Wednesday, troopers reported finding a female body near where they found the vehicle, though they had not made a positive identification.

Zello was driving a grey 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe. She had had no communication with family and friends.

She is 4-foot-11 and approximately 100 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and boots.

The state police helicopter and numerous canine units assisted in the search in the continuing investigation.

Canandaigua Police have asked anyone with information to call the Canandaigua Police Department at 585-394-4560 or 911.