An arrest warrant has been issued in Danbury Superior Court for 40-year-old Daniel Costa, charging him with the stabbing death of his aunt, Ana Barros, earlier this year.
Authorities believe that Costa is in Portugal, where he went in May, three days before another relative reported Barros missing and two weeks before her body was found buried beneath a newly poured concrete floor in the basement of the Housman Street apartment house where they both lived.
Costa has been a suspect almost from the outset of the investigation. Besides Barros, he was the only other occupant of the house, which he co-owned with his parents. They went back to Portugal years ago.
Another source familiar with the case said Costa tried unsuccessfully to withdraw money from his aunt's bank account before leaving the country.
Court and city records indicate that Costa obtained a $100,000 mortgage on the property in September 2007, and another $345,000 loan on it two months later. The house is valued at $435,000, according to the city assessor.
Before leaving the country, Costa applied for a state program designed to avoid foreclosure, but failed to show up for the mediation session at Danbury Superior Court.
A very sad story...