Calling hours for Middlesex woman set; DA says will likely not be ruled homicide

Monica Zello’s death will likely not be ruled a homicide.

That was the signal from Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo on Wednesday, according to the Canandaigua Messenger. “There is no basis to conclude that foul play was involved, but the matter remains under investigation,” the outgoing District Attorney told the newspaper.

While State Police say they are not ruling anything out — the investigation does not appear to be over from their point of view.

Mark O’Donnell, public information officer for the State Police said reiterated that point. “It’s ongoing,” he said. “We’re not ruling out anything.”

The 29-year-old Monica Zello was found in the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Waterloo, near Seneca Lake. Both her vehicle, and her body had been recovered after a multi-day search, which spanned at least four police agencies.

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said Zello was a Middlesex resident.

Calling hours for Zello will be Friday from 4 to 7 pm at Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., located at 2 South Ave., Bloomfield.

Read Zello’s full-obituary below.

Monica (Chambery) Zello, age 29, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Chad Zello; daughter, Jasmine; mother, Tammy Chambery; and two brothers, Joshua and Jaron Chambery. She was predeceased by her father, Jonathan Chambery. Monica grew up in Bloomfield and was a graduate of Bloomfield Central School, class of 2006. She earned an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College in criminal justice. Monica worked at ValveTech Inc. in Phelps. Her daughter Jasmine meant everything to her. Monica will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., 2 South Ave., Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to an account for Jasmine Zello at Canandaigua National Bank, 4 Main St., Bloomfield, NY 14469. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.

Updated Report: November 19th

New information has been obtained in the missing person’s investigation, which has been gripping the region – and involved at least four law enforcement agencies since late-last week.

The discovery of a body, which is still being identified by law enforcement after it was recovered around 4:15 pm near the SUV that belonged to Monica Zello in Waterloo.

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike tells us that 29-year-old Monica Zello was a Middlesex resident, who they had been looking for late-last week before the missing person’s report was filed in Canandaigua.

Zello, who Sheriff Spike says resides on Route 245 in Middlesex, which has a ‘Naples’ mailing and government address, was reported missing in Canandaigua.

She had last been seen early-Saturday morning, and according to Sheriff Spike – the Canandaigua Police Department contacted the Yates County Sheriff’s Office to assist with their search.

Several days went by before Zello’s vehicle was discovered by State Police on Tuesday around 7:30 pm. The SUV was submerged in the “Erie Canal,” which is known locally as the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

State Police referred to the canal as the ‘Erie Canal’ due to it being under the umbrella description of the Erie Canalway. However, the New York State Canal Corp. shows the portion of canal where the SUV was discovered being identified as the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

State Police say the Under Water Recovery Team was able to retrieve the vehicle last seen Friday night in Canandaigua. It was towed to land, and the search for Zello continued.

Investigators utilized multiple methods for searching the area around the vehicle, which included helicopter and K-9 units.

On Wednesday afternoon around 4:15 pm a female body was discovered near where the vehicle had been found, according to State Police reports on the ground.

On Friday, State Police confirmed the body found in the Waterloo canal was Monica Zello.

They noted that the investigation was ongoing.

More Coverage from around the FLX:

Body found by missing Naples woman’s vehicle in Waterloo (Chronicle-Express)
Body found in canal identified as Monica Zello (CNY Central)
Body found in Seneca County canal is Monica Zello, missing Naples woman (Democrat & Chronicle)
Woman’s body found in Seneca County near where SUV went into (The Citizen)
Body found in Erie Canal identified as Monica Zello (WHAM)
State police confirm body found in canal is missing woman (WHEC)

Update #1

State Police say the vehicle belonging to missing Naples woman, Monica Zello, has been located in Waterloo.

Crews found the vehicle in what was reported being the Erie Canal, along State Route 96A. However, that stretch of the canal is not the Erie Canal, per the New York State Canal Corp., who notes this body of water being the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.


Those in the area confirmed that there was a state police presence in the reported location along Route 96, and on Wednesday during the late-afternoon hours a female body was found.

Zello’s vehicle was located around 7:30 pm on Tuesday night. It’s unclear if the body found is that of the missing 29-year-old.

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

Authorities are searching the immediate area where her vehicle was located.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Original Story

Canandaigua Police say they’re looking for a missing Naples woman, who was last seen on Saturday around 1:18 am.

Monica Zello, 29, of Naples was driving her 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, with the license plate HKX-8942 – traveling east on Beeman St. Police say that Zello had no contact or communication with friends or family.


They say her last possible known location may have been Geneva, but that is unconfirmed.

Zello is 4’11” and weighs approximately 100 lbs.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Canandaigua PD at (585) 394-4560.

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