NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. (TCD) -- Police arrested a 66-year-old man this week in connection with the death of his 63-year-old missing girlfriend, a preschool teacher.
The New Castle County Police Department issued a Gold Alert last week regarding Cynthia Amalfitano, who was last seen leaving her home on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 23. WPVI-TV reports she failed to show up to her job at Concord Preschool and Childcare, sparking concern. She worked at the school for 24 years.
Police responded to the 3400 block of Birch Circle on Monday, Sept. 25, to perform a welfare check on her. Officers noticed her car, purse, and cellphone at the residence, but Amalfitano was not there.
According to police, detectives located Amalfitano’s remains the next day near a parking lot in Carousel Park, and her death was ruled a homicide. Police identified the victim’s boyfriend, Stephen Heck, as a person of interest, and on Oct. 3, detectives arrested him on one felony count of first-degree murder.