Ex named person of interest in Bradenton young mother's murder

12:13 AM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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Detectives believe Jazmin Catano was killed Saturday night in her Coral Club Apartment.

 

BRADENTON, Florida - Jazmin Catano was described by friends and neighbors as a beautiful young mother of two.

"Just her kindness and her intelligence -- she was a very nice person," said a coworker at the Manatee County Clerk's Office.

The Bradenton mom was popular with co-workers, who were devastated to learn Monday of the 30-year-old's murder, her career and life cut short over the weekend.

"It's heart breaking, it's tragic."

The murder scene was first discovered by Catano's ex-husband, who arrived at her apartment Sunday night to bring home the son they shared. Detectives say he became concerned when he couldn't get his ex-wife to answer the door.

"He entered and immediately and saw what didn't look right," said Dave Bristow of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. "He did the right thing by backing out and calling authorities."

Detectives are now naming another man in Jazmin's life, her ex-boyfriend, Adres "Andy" Collazos, as a person of interest in the case.

"Everyone was telling us he had said some things in threatening manners to her," said Bristow. "Then this afternoon, we found out he left the country. Well, that pretty much sealed the deal for us in making him a person of interest ... or even stronger."

According to his employer, Collazos is a per diem operating room aid at Blake Medical Center. Manatee detectives were on their way Monday to Fort Lauderdale, where they say he parked his car at the airport before hoping a flight to South America on Sunday.

Collazos is not yet named a suspect, but investigators confirm they could be close to a warrant for his arrest.

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