New Britain shooting victim identified, suspect still at large

Published on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:19
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - The identity of the woman who died after a Monday afternoon shooting at 39 Elam St. was released by police Wednesday.

Alice Marie Figueroa’s death was determined to be caused from a gunshot and ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, police said.

The suspect, Benjamin Morales, 42, remained at large Wednesday with an active warrant out for his arrest on the charge of murder, police said.

Figueroa and Morales were in a relationship and living together at the place of the shooting, Acting Deputy Chief Jeanette Portalatin told The Herald Tuesday.

A man who frequents the area of the residence to visit his grandchildren, said Wednesday he knew Figueroa to be a working mom with two babies under the age of 5.

The weapon was not found by police Tuesday afternoon and was believed to still be with Morales, Portaltin said Tuesday.

Morales is known to frequent Hartford and New Britain. He is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.

A 31 year old woman, reported missing by family members, is believed to be in the company of Morales, police said.

The woman, Virgen Maria Figueroa, was reported missing Feb. 5.

She is described as 4 feet 8 inches and 180 pounds with short brown hair, having a “Juanito” tattoo and last seen wearing black pajamas.

It is not clear if she is in the company if Morales voluntarily or against her will.

Anyone with any information on the case or whereabouts of Morales are asked to call Lt. Adam Rembisz at 860-826-3131. Anonymous tips can also be called in to 860-826-3199 or submitted via

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Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:19. Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:21.