Monica Zello's death not expected to be ruled a homicide

Denise Champagne

Multiple agencies are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of a Middlesex woman found Nov. 22 in the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Waterloo, but her death does not appear to be a homicide.

“There is no basis to conclude that foul play was involved, but the matter remains under investigation,” Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Wednesday.

The investigation is being led by the state police.

Mark O’Donnell, public information officer for New York State Police Troop E, said the investigation is only six days old.

“It’s ongoing,” he said. “We’re not ruling out anything.”

Ontario County authorities are involved in the investigation because Zello, 29, was last seen in downtown Canandaigua about 1:20 a.m. Nov. 18 driving her gray compact sport utility vehicle, which was found in the canal about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 by the state police Underwater Recovery Team and retrieved the following morning.

Zello’s body was found by the team later in the day Nov. 22 not far from her vehicle and pulled from the canal. The body was positively identified as Zello on Nov. 24.

Numerous canine units and a state police helicopter assisted in the search for the missing woman.

Zello’s survivors include her husband, Chad, and daughter, Jasmine. Zello grew up in Bloomfield and was a 2006 graduate of Bloomfield High School. She worked at ValveTech Inc. In Phelps.

Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday at Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home in Bloomfield.

An account for her daughter has been set up at Canandaigua National Bank, 4 Main St., Bloomfield, NY 14469.