Title: Camacho,Rosa M.missing October 24,1997
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Rosa Marie Camacho
Left: Rosa, circa 1997;
Right: Age-progression at age 11 (circa 2004)
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: October 24, 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: June 7, 1993
Age: 4 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0, 38 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Rosa's nickname is Rosita. She spoke Spanish at the time of her 1997 disappearance and may speak English.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black jacket and blue pants.
Details of Disappearance
Rosa and her mother, Rosa Delgado, left their Hartford, Connecticut residence at approximately 5:00 p.m. to walk to a local store together and buy groceries. The store was in the 60 block of Madison Avenue; it has since been replaced by another establishment. A photo of Delgado is posted below this case summary. She left her infant daughter at her home in the care of a sister when she left with Rosa. A witness saw Rosa's father and Delgado's former boyfriend, Julio J. Camacho, speaking to them on a street corner in their Parkville area neighborhood prior to the females' disappearances. Rosa has never been seen again.
A woman's body was discovered floating in three feet of water in Columbia Lake in western New Jersey in November 1997, one month after Rosa and Delgado vanished. Her head and hands were missing. Authorities were initially unable to identify the homicide victim and named her "The Lady Of The Lake." The woman's identity remained a mystery until DNA tests were conducted in 1999, nearly two years later. The tests proved that the remains were that of Delgado.
There have been no arrests in either Rosa's disappearance or Delgado's homicide, but Julio has been named as the prime suspect. He was a police officer in Hartford at the time Rosa and Delgado vanished in 1997, but resigned from the department in 1998. Julio pleaded guilty to the 1997 rape of a woman in Connecticut in 2001. There have been numerous other complaints from alleged female victims against Julio for sexual misconduct in preceding years.
Julio reportedly asked his brother to submit a false alibi for him after Rosa and Delgado disappeared. Authorities discovered a handmade hatchet and wire garrote inside Julio's residence during a search after the females disappeared. It is not known if the instruments were involved in either Rosa or Delgado's cases.
Rosa's disappearance and her mother's murder remain unsolved.
Above: Delgado, circa 1997
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Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.
Last updated March 29, 2006; details of disappearance updated.
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Record-Journal (Meriden, CT)
December 7, 2000
Fatality, Missing children
$100,000 reward for missing girl
Author: Associated Press
ROCKY HILL - The state of Connecticut and the FBI are offering a total of $100,000 in reward money for information in the case of a murdered Hartford woman and her missing daughter.
Both Gov. John G. Rowland and the FBI have each authorized a $50,000 reward for leads in the case of Rosa Delgado and her daughter, Rosita Camacho, Chief State's Attorney John M. Bailey said Wednesday.
Both Delgado and Camacho were last seen in Hartford on Oct. 23, 1997.
Delgado's headless and handless corpse was found in November 1997 in New Jersey.
Camacho, who was four at the time of her disappearance, is still missing.
Bailey said the $100,000 in rewards will be publicized on billboards in Hartford. The billboards, which already publicize the FBI's initial $20,000 reward, will be updated to reflect the new amount.
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The Hartford Courant
January 27, 1998
MYSTERY VEILS MISSING GIRL AND MOTHER
Author: MAXINE BERNSTEIN; Courant Staff Writer
Posters prominently displayed in the lobby of the Hartford police station alert visitors that Rosa Delgado, 21, and her daughter Rose Camacho, 4, are ``Endangered Missing.''
Each day, the father of the missing child passes by the photos on the way to his second-shift job.
He is veteran Hartford Police Officer Julio Camacho, 37. He's also considered a suspect in the pair's disappearance.
Camacho told police he was with the woman and child on the day they disappeared. But he has stopped cooperating with fellow officers handling the case and has hired a lawyer. He has not been charged with any crime.
Just weeks after the disappearances, Camacho and his wife, Hartford Officer Debra Camacho, 34, began legal proceedingsto have a judge relieve him of child support payments for Rose Camacho. Thehearing is today.
The timing is daunting to Delgado's relatives.
``Right now I've got a big headache. When I go to work, everyone asks `How's your sister? Have they found your sister?' When I go grocery shopping, I see her pictures. And I haven't heard a thing,'' said Antonia Delgado, the oldest sister of Rosa Delgado who had financially supported Rosa and her children. ``My sister is missing with his kid, and he's taking me to court?''
The disappearances have shed light on the extramarital affairs, paternity and child support disputes that Julio Camacho has been embroiled in for the last several years. The police chief, meanwhile, says he was unaware until recently that one of his officers had had intimate relations with people he met on the job.
It took about a month for Hartford police to publicize the missing persons case. Police released photos to the media after Delgado's relatives became impatient and criticized the police response.
Delgado's sisters said there has been an ongoing domestic dispute between Rosa Delgado, Julio Camacho, and Debra Camacho. Rosa Delgado apparently came between the married couple, and Delgado's relatives believe it may have something to do with her disappearance.
Days before the mother and child suddenly disappeared, Cromwell police were called to Debra Camacho's home on a medical assist call and reported finding her there with a suicide note. Since then Hartford police have taken away her service pistol, and she has not returned to work.
Three months have gone by, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have now joined with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help in the search for Rosa Delgado and her daughter. The FBI is now handling the case as a possible kidnapping.
On the advice of his attorney, Camacho would not consent to be interviewed for this story.
The officer retained a lawyer shortly after he told police that he was with Rosa Delgado and their daughter in the Park Street area on Oct. 2,the last day police know they were seen. Camacho told police he does not know what happened to them.
``He's obtained an attorney because he's obviously being viewed as a suspect,'' said William Gerace, his lawyer.``He cooperated initially. The authorities weren't satisfied and are not about to exonerate him, so I've ordered him not to cooperate any further. He denies any involvement with her disappearance.''
The Camachos' reluctance or inability to help in the search for the missing mother and child adds an extra level of complication to the investigation, said Charles Pickett, the case manager handling the search from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. ``If they're not suspects, they sure throw a wrench in it we've got to buffer through,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Delgado's relatives struggle to maintain hope that she and her daughter are still alive. Thus far, there has been nothing to boost their hopes -- only suspicious, anonymous phone calls made to two sisters' homes with no one speaking on the other end of the line. They are also hanging onto the words of a psychic friend from Puerto Rico, who has told a sister that the mother and child are alive, hidden away in a small apartment somewhere.
Infant Left Behind
On the aftenoon of Oct. 24, Rosa Delgado and Rose left the Park Street apartment they shared with Delgado's sisters.Carrying no more than $10, Rosa Delgado headed out to buy milk and diapers and left her then 5-month-old daughter Alesha in the care of her sister Edith Delgado.
Before arriving at the store, they were seen talking with Julio Camacho outside his mother's apartment on Carpenter Avenue, around the block from their Park Street home.
Later, the mother and daughter walked into JJ's Grocery, about four blocks from home.
``She came down here with her child around 4:45 p.m. She was walking in as my wife was walking out. She's a regular. She was buying milk and diapers, and a few candies,'' said Luis Nunez, the grocery owner. ``I asked her how her baby was. She said `bien.' ''
Nunez said he didn't notice anything unusual. The mother and child left the store and walked north on Madison Avenue in the direction of home, he said. That was the last time police know they were seen.
Court records show that Julio Camacho has four children with four different women and is also raising children from his wife's previous marriage. He had a daughter with his first wife, before divorcing her in 1985 and later marrying fellow officer Debra Camacho.
Julio Camacho had not completed a year on the Hartford force when he was fired in January 1989 after his arrest on a third-degree assault charge, accused of striking his ex-wife in a domestic dispute. A month later, former Chief Bernard Sullivan reinstated Camacho and changed the termination into a suspension.
During his marriage to Debra Camacho, records say, Julio Camacho began relations with two other people -- Rosa Delgado and Celeste Morales -- while patrolling the streets of Hartford. He fathered a child with each. With Morales, he denied paternity until it was proven by blood tests and ordered to pay child support.
Julio Camacho met Rosa Delgado in 1992 while patrolling the Park Street neighborhood. She'd often sit outside her sisters' apartment on the front stoops, and he'd drive back and forth, Delgado's sisters said.
She was 16 when she became pregnant and 17 when she gave birth on June 7, 1993, to Rose Camacho, nicknamed Rosita.
When Rosa Delgado gave birth to Rose, the state took Julio Camacho to court. The court ruled Camacho was the father and ordered him to pay $188 a week in child support. Julio Camacho did not contest the court order, issued April 30, 1994 -- until now.
In November 1997, after the mother and child's disappearance, the Camachos retained Hartford lawyer John T. Forrest. They want to get Camacho's monthly child-support payments for Rose Camacho reduced at a paternity hearing today. They are also seeking a court-ordered DNA test to verify whether Julio Camacho is the father.
The Camachos plan to ask the court to reconsider the 1994 child-support order on grounds that Julio Camacho did not receive proper notice of the 1994 hearing. There is no mention in court documents of Delgado's and her child's disappearance.
Forrest said the Camachos came to him several years ago, but did not have the money to retain him as a lawyer.
Relatives told investigators that just prior to the disappearance of Rosa Delgado and Rose, Debra Camacho would --repeatedly call Rosa Delgado's apartment and ask her sisters if Julio was there.
``Debra would keep saying she was working to support his kids. She calls me a week before Rosa was missing and said `Julio don't want the daughter.' She told me `He don't want nothing to do with her,' '' Antonia Delgado said.
Attempts to speak to Debra Camacho by telephone and at her Cromwell home were unsuccessful.
In the weeks and months before her disappearance, Julio Camacho would often visit Rosa during his midnight police shift at her Park Street apartment and call daily, her sisters said. The calls stopped abruptly when Rosa disappeared, her sisters said, and Julio never called to inquire about what happened to her.
The other woman he had a child with, Celeste Morales, was questioned by Hartford police recently. Morales, 27, is a single mother who is raising Julio Camacho's son, Julio Camacho Jr., 5.
``They just told me they wanted to ask me some questions for a missing persons investigation.''
Morales met Julio in 1991. Julio Camacho was the police officer sent to her Charter Oak apartment when her ex-boyfriend was throwing bricks through her windows.
On July 15, 1992, at age 22, she gave birth to his son. Celeste Morales said Julio had told her he and Debra had broken up, but she realized it was a lie. In July 1996, he was ordered to pay $600 a month for Julio Jr.
``During my pregnancy, he was never around. Once I had my son it was a total no-show,'' Celeste Morales said. ``I'm just glad I'm through with him.''
It took almost a month after Rosa Delgado and her daughter disappeared before police began seeking the public's help. Relatives complain that police did not act quickly enough, and they are angry that investigators are not keeping them up-to-date on the status of their probe.
Other Hartford police privately say that the department botched the investigation from the start, waiting several weeks before questioning Camacho.
The youth services commander, Lt. Joseph Conti, said the probe is continuing, but police have not received any substantial leads. Hartford Police Chief Joseph F. Croughwell Jr. defended his officers' work.
``It's easy to play Monday morning quarterback, but I don't see that it was handled inappropriately. They did everything they were supposed to do,'' Croughwell said. ``I'm very leery of this. It doesn't look good, but there's really nothing you can put your finger on at this point.''
When asked about Camacho's relations with young women he met on patrol, Croughwell said he was disturbed by them.
``Obviously, when you come to work, it's not a dating service. You're here to do police work. I'd need more facts, but it could cause an officer some problems. This is the first I've heard of it.''
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The Hartford Courant
October 24, 1998
AFTER A YEAR, DISAPPEARANCES STILL UNSOLVED
CITY OFFICER, A SUSPECT, RESIGNS; WOMAN, THEIR DAUGHTER MISSING
Author: JOHN SPRINGER and
JOSH KOVNER; Courant Staff Writers
Nearly a year to the day since his girlfriend and their daughter disappeared, a Hartford police officer abruptly resigned Friday, adding yet another small twist to a strange and brutal homicide inquiry.
Officer Julio J. Camacho of Cromwell has been a suspect in the disappearance of Rosa Delgado, 21, and Rose Camacho, 4, ever since their disappearance on Oct. 24, 1997, from a street corner in the city's Parkville section. Camacho was the last person seen with them.
Authorities are still awaiting DNA test results that will confirm whether a headless, handless corpse, found by two duck hunters in a remote New Jersey Lake last Nov. 26. is the body of Rosa Delgado.
``I resigned today,'' Camacho, 38, told a police officer at headquarters as he bid farewell. ``I have to take care of Deb [his wife, Debra Camacho] She's sick. It was nice working with you guys.''
Debra Camacho, also a Hartford police officer, has been on extended medical leave.
Julio Camacho denies any involvement with the disappearance of his daughter or Delgado, a woman he met while on patrol. He has not been charged with any crime. By resigning, the 10-year police department member would have access to a lump sum pension payment, estimated to be about $40,000 based on a weekly contribution of 8 percent of his salary.
The investigation has been complicated, as Hartford police and New Jersey authorities try to work together. Meanwhile, members of Delagado's family cry out for answers.
Her relatives are waiting in agony for a third and final DNA test to confirm what investigators already believe, that the mutilated corpse is that of Delgado.
``I want to see my sister. I want to see the body. When I see the body, I'll know if it is Rosa,'' her sister, Antonia Delgado, said last week. ``I want to make sure she is my sister. If I see her leg or something, I'll know if it is her.''
Hartford investigators have had to cope with frustration.
They have a suspect -- Camacho -- in their own backyard, and a body that is 180 miles away. Officially, Hartford police are handling it as a missing persons case. New Jersey police consider it a homicide.
But city detectives have had to go further, checking into Camacho's financial history to try to establish a possible motive for murder.
Hartford police Lt. James Blanchette, commander of the major crimes division, said city detectives and New Jersey authorities have been cooperating, and that both agencies are working diligently to solve the case.
One former New Jersey law officer questioned whether New Jersey State Police view cases involving out-of-state homicide victims as a priority.
Eric Kranz resigned from the tiny Blairstown, N.J., force in 1985 over dissatisfaction with the way prosecutors and state police investigated the death of an unidentified teenage girl, whose body was found dumped in a ravine in 1982.
``It becomes very political,'' Kranz said in an interview this week. ``These expenses are going out for someone who may not be from your area, from someone who is not a citizen or from within your township. It gets pretty cold after awhile.''
The mutilated corpse was the fourth in the last 16 years to be found in Warren County, a rural and heavily wooded part of western New Jersey that is easily reached from I-80. Although none of those cases have been solved and they're not thought to be related, authorities believe the victims were all killed elsewhere.
Warren County prosecutor John Laky, whose office is leading the homicide investigation, refused to receive a reporter who showed up at his Belvidere, N.J., office last week.
``Obviously, any time we find a body in our county we consider it important, but I don't see a need to discuss or characterize our investigation with a reporter,'' Laky said, using an inter-office phone.
Long-distance investigations pose problems that investigators would rather not face.
``If everything was here, we'd have total control of the case -- though that's not to say New Jersey isn't doing a good job; they are,'' said Blanchette, Hartford's major crimes commander. ``On an investigation of this magnitude, it would be preferable to have it fall in one agency's jurisdiction. But that won't prevent the two agencies from working together and solving this crime, because we will.''
Absent a confession or evidence to show how or why Rosa Delgado and her daughter disappeared, police may have a difficult time solving the mystery.
A year after the disappearance and 11 months after the body was discovered, police still do not know if they are dealing with one homicide or two.
``We have not found the little girl -- that has been frustrating,'' Blanchette said.
Officer A Suspect
The Hartford investigation continues to focus on Julio Camacho, who was under personal and financial pressure in the weeks and months before his daughter and her mother disappeared.
Rosa Delgado was one of two women with whom Camacho began affairs, and had children with, after meeting them on patrol. Records show that Camacho is under court order to support those two children and a third child from his first marriage. The weekly payments total nearly $400 a week.
Camacho's attorney, William Gerace, said that any money problems Julio Camacho may have do not amount to a motive.
``His financial pressure is not significant. It certainly wouldn't motivate someone to do this kind of act, in my view,'' Gerace said.
He said the discovery of the body in the lake is ``of no legal consequence'' to his client. Camacho ``indicates that he is innocent.''
Camacho had been out on extended injury leave, along with his wife. His workers' compensation benefits ended when he resigned Friday.
``This has been so frustrating for us throughout this whole year, myself and my husband and family,'' Debra Camacho said this week in response to a request for an interview with Julio Camacho. ``We have no involvement or no knowledge of where they are.''
According to Antonia Delgado, Rosa Delgado was involved in an ongoing child support dispute with Julio Camacho and a jealous Debra Camacho, who would complain that she was working to support children her husband fathered out of wedlock. Debra Camacho said this week those claims are wrong.
``There have been so many lies printed. . . . I never knew Rosa Delgado -- never met her, never spoke to her, nothing. There was no feud going,'' Debra Camacho said.
``We feel for whatever they are going through, but that is their family problem,'' she said. ``We don't have anything to do with it, but we have a family, too, and they have been hurt a lot by this.''
Last spring, family court Magistrate Harris T. Lifshitz rejected Julio Camacho's request to eliminate child-support payments for his daughter, Rose. Lifshitz did agree to reduce the weekly amount from $193 to $159, records show. The payments are being held in escrow, Antonia Delgado said.
The absence of the body's head and hands made it impossible for New Jersey State Police to use dental records or fingerprints to identify who was dumped in Paulins Kill River.
``From what I know about the crime scene, they didn't count on anyone finding the body, and if it was found, they didn't count on anyone identifying it,'' said Charles Pickett, a case manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. ``They tried to conceal the body's identity and cover their tracks.''
The body was discovered in shallow water where the river widens into Columbia Lake and meets the Delaware River, along the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border.
``Every hunting season they find bodies in that corridor along Route 80. It is just a favorite spot to dump them,'' said Kranz, the former Blairstown police lieutenant. ``When I heard about this [Delgado] case, I just got the feeling that it was going to end up being from out of state.''
Douglas Roscoe, the duck hunter who discovered the headless body, said he hopes investigators stay focused on an equally important matter as they investigate the homicide.
``The question is, `Where's the little girl?' ''
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The Hartford Courant
September 19, 1998
BODY DISCOVERED IN N.J. INTERESTS HARTFORD POLICE
Author: JOSH KOVNER; Courant Staff Writer
Hartford detectives are awaiting the results of DNA tests to determine if the remains of a woman found in New Jersey late last year are those of Rosa Delgado, a former girlfriend of city police Officer Julio Camacho, sources said.
Delgado and her 4-year-old daughter, Rose Camacho, disappeared Oct. 24, 1997. Mother and daughter were last seen talking to Camacho, 37, the father of the child, on Carpenter Street, around the corner from Delgado's Park Street apartment.
Delgado, 21, was headed to a neighborhood store with no more than $10 in her pocket to buy milk and diapers. She and her daughter have not been heard from since.
Hartford detectives, who have been checking into the deaths of unidentified women in the region, began working with New Jersey State Police after the partial remains of a woman were found in rural northwestern New Jersey in November or December.
Hartford police Chief Joseph F. Croughwell Jr. declined to comment Friday about the New Jersey discovery. He said the disappearance of Rosa Delgado and her daughter is still, at the moment, a missing persons case.
Camacho remains a Hartford police officer. The disappearances have focused attention on several paternity and child-support disputes that have dogged Camacho in recent years.
During his marriage to Debra Camacho, also a Hartford police officer, Julio Camacho begain affairs with two other women he met while patrolling the streets of Hartford. One of them was Rosa Delgado. Camacho fathered a child with each woman.
Rosa Delgado's sisters have said there was a long-running domestic dispute between Rosa Delgado, Julio Camacho and Debra Camacho. Rosa Delgado may have come between the married couple, and her relatives believe it may have had something to do with her disappearance.
Julio Camacho's attorney, William Gerace, said his client denied any involvement with the disappearances.
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October 12, 2000
FORMER OFFICER TIED TO KILLING
EVIDENCE IS REVEALED AS JULIO CAMACHO FACES RAPE CHARGES
Author: JOSH KOVNER; Courant Staff Writer
Federal law officers revealed Wednesday they believe former Hartford police Officer Julio J. Camacho decapitated his girlfriend and was behind the disappearance of the couple's 4-year-old daughter, who remains missing three years later.
Rosa Delgado's headless, handless corpse surfaced in a remote northern New Jersey lake in November 1998, a year after mother and daughter vanished together from a Hartford street corner after they were last seen talking to Camacho. As for Rosita Camacho, who would now be 7, ``she has disappeared off the face of the earth. Her body has not been found and she has not been seen or heard from,'' federal prosecutor James I. Glasser said.
Glasser, an assistant U.S. attorney, made his bombshell accusation in federal court after Camacho was charged with handcuffing and then raping two Hartford prostitutes over the back of his police cruiser while on patrol in the mid-1990s. Camacho is the seventh city officer to be indicted in a continuing corruption probe that has focused so far on on-duty sexual crimes. He has not been charged in the Delgado case and maintains his innocence.
``We're happy as h**l they've gotten this far,'' Oscar Rivera, Rosa Delgado's brother-in-law, said Wednesday after learning Camacho had been linked in open court to a murder that has hung over the embattled Hartford Police Department like a storm cloud.
``Given these revelations and his involvement in the police department scandal, I believe more than ever he is involved [in Delgado's death],'' Rivera said.
``We also still believe that Rosita is alive. It is all that we can do,'' said Rivera, a police officer who works in a suburb of Hartford.
He and his wife, Anna Marie, Delgado's sister, are raising Delgado's youngest daughter, Aleysha, 3 1/2.
Glasser revealed details of the murder investigation in an effort to persuade the judge that Camacho is dangerous enough to be held without bail on the rape counts. Camacho is accused of raping the two women on separate occasions in 1995 and 1997. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted.
For the first time Wednesday, Glasser said authorities in a November 1998 raid had seized the possible murder weapons from Camacho's home in Cromwell -- a garrote-like wire that had a loop at one end and a handmade hatchet. The wire was found under his car seat. The vehicle's trunk lining was missing and the metal bottom of the trunk seemed to have been sanded clean, Glasser told U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith.
Over the objections of a fuming, incredulous defense lawyer, Thomas Dennis, Glasser went on.
He said police also seized a New Jersey map with notes tracing a route to the region of New Jersey in which Delgado's body was found, as well as a macabre library -- 20 books on serial killers and committing the perfect murder. One of the books had passages on decapitation and amputation as ways of concealing the identity of a corpse.
Glasser said Hartford police investigators have caught Camacho in important lies, and that deep scratches were noticed on his body right after the disappearance of mother and daughter. He said time cards show that Camacho was off from work about the time of the disappearance and that he asked his brother to make up an alibi.
Glasser said Camacho was the last person to talk with Delgado and Rosita before they vanished from a street corner near Delgado's apartment in Hartford's Parkville section on Oct. 24, 1997.
Family members have said Delgado had $10 in her pocket and went out to get some Pampers. She never returned.
Glasser even ascribed a motive: Delgado's family was pressing Camacho to pay child support for Rosita.
Camacho, who was married to a Hartford officer, at the time was paying support for children from his first marriage, as well as a child from another extramarital affair he had while patrolling Hartford's streets.
Glasser said there was enough circumstantial evidence to arrest Camacho for the murder of Delgado, but law officers were holding off until they could make a stronger case. He said no blood evidence has been found linking Camacho to the killing. Investigators last week obtained a warrant to cut Camacho's vehicle into sections ``to see if bodily fluids may have leaked into the cracks or crevices,'' Glasser said.
Smith ordered Camacho held without bail -- but he said he based his ruling on the brutality of the rape allegations and the discovery of two illegal, sawed-off rifles found in Camacho's Cromwell home. Smith said he would withhold comment on the Delgado case.
He said the rape allegations against Camacho were the most savage he's encountered in the corruption case. Five of the indicted officers have been convicted; a sixth is awaiting trial.
Glasser said three other Hartford prostitutes came forward and accused Camacho, 40, of forcing them to perform sexual favors under the threat of arrest. The government did not pursue charges against Camacho in those cases. There also were allegations that Camacho supplied drugs to women on the street, Glasser said.
Dennis, a federal public defender, said Glasser's account of the Delgado case was ``pure speculation,'' and he questioned why the two alleged victims in the rape cases never made complaints against Camacho.
``Who were they going to go to?'' Glasser countered. ``They had no confidence that if they went to HPD, their complaints would be heard. It was only after this investigation began [in August 1998] that they gained confidence that the system would treat them fairly.''
Camacho resigned from the police force in October 1998 after 10 years on the job.
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The Hartford Courant
May 25, 1999
TESTS CONFIRM IDENTITY OF CORPSE
WAS GIRLFRIEND OF EX-CITY OFFICER
Author: JOSH KOVNER; Courant Staff Writer
Federal law officers confirmed Monday that a headless, handless corpse found in a remote New Jersey lake in November 1997 was that of 21-year-old Rosa Delgado, ex-girlfriend of former Hartford police officer Julio Camacho.
Their daughter, Rose Marie Camacho, who would now be 5 years old, remains missing. Mother and daughter were reported missing Oct. 23, 1997. Julio Camacho had been with them the day they disappeared from a street corner in Hartford's Parkville section on Oct. 23, 1997. She'd gone out for diapers, and had $10 in her pocket, her sister said.
``We'll bring Rosa to Ponce, Puerto Rico, where she was born, to be buried,'' her sister, Antonia Delgado of Hartford, said Monday. ``I know that it was Rosa in the lake, but in my heart, she is still with me. Now, I must wait for my niece [Rose Marie]. We feel she is alive. This has all been so hard.''
Antonia's sister and brother-in- law, Ana Marie and Oscar Rivera, have been caring for Rosa Delgado's other daughter, Aleysha, 2, in their Wethersfield home.
``We'd pretty much resigned ourselves to Rosa's death,'' Oscar Rivera, a Wethersfield police officer, said Monday. ``The question becomes, `Where is the little girl?' The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have run the fliers on Rose Marie and they have our number, but we have not heard from them. Where would we even start to look?''
U.S. Attorney Stephen C. Robinson said forensic testing by the FBI laboratory confirmed the identify of the body. Two previous DNA tests had suggested the victim was Rosa Delgado, and Hartford police detectives and FBI agents had been operating on that premise for some time.
Delgado's remains are still with the state medical examiner's office in New Jersey, Rivera said.
Julio Camacho was identified as a suspect by Hartford police investigators in 1998. Early in the case, Camacho stopped cooperating with detectives and retained defense attorney William Gerace of Hartford.
Camacho was summoned to testify last November before a federal grand jury investigating corruption and civil-rights violations in the Hartford Police Department. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and did not testify, sources have said. He has not been charged with any crime, and has said through his lawyer that he had nothing to do with Delgado's disappearance or murder.
Camacho, a former patrol officer, abruptly resigned from the police department in October after 10 years on the job.
A month later, shortly before he was summoned to testify, state troopers and FBI agents searched the home that he shared with his wife, Hartford Police Officer Debra Camacho, in Cromwell. Officers seized carpeting from a van parked in the driveway and a hatchet.
Camacho was never disciplined by his superiors in the police department for refusing to cooperate with the investigation or for having affairs and fathering two children with women he met while patrolling the streets of Hartford. Rosa Delgado was one of those women.
He has filed court motions seeking to halt child-support payments for Rose Marie Camacho. Those payments are being held in an escrow account established by the family court.
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The Hartford Courant
February 6, 2001
EX-CITY OFFICER ADMITS RAPE
Author: JOSH KOVNER; Courant Staff Writer
While on patrol in 1997, Hartford Police Officer Julio Camacho handcuffed a woman, drove her in his cruiser to a construction site and raped her over the trunk of the car, Camacho admitted in court Monday.
Camacho is the seventh Hartford officer to be convicted of on-duty sexual crimes in a continuing corruption probe of the Hartford force.
With his guilty plea before U.S. Judge Alfred V. Covello in federal court in Hartford, Camacho, 41, who quit the Hartford force in 1998, faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
Sentencing was set for April 26. He is being held without bail.
Camacho is also the prime suspect in the decapitation of his ex-girlfriend, Rosa Delgado, and the disappearance of their 4 1/2-year-old daughter, Rosita. He has not been charged in that case but has been identified by federal prosecutors in open court as being the prime suspect. In exchange for his guilty plea in the sexual assault case, the government halted an investigation into additional complaints of sexual misconduct lodged against Camacho by five other women. Most of those encounters involved consensual sex with prostitutes while on duty; one or two involved sexual assault and civil-rights violations, authorities said.
Also as part of the plea agreement, the government dropped charges filed against Camacho last fall stemming from two other alleged sexual assaults.
As the 5-foot-4 inch Camacho stood tight-lipped and wearing prison khakis, federal prosecutor James I. Glasser described the rape to the judge.
Glasser said that in the summer of 1997, a uniformed Camacho got out of his patrol car in south Hartford and approached a woman, who was not breaking any laws. He handcuffed her, put her in the back seat of his car against her will, drove to a remote construction site and parked the cruiser out of sight.
``He took her out and had her bend over the back of the cruiser. He ordered her to pull down her pants'' and then sexually assaulted her, said Glasser, a supervisory assistant U.S. attorney.
``You heard what [Glasser] claims you did,'' Covello said to Camacho, who was standing between his lawyers. ``Is that, in fact, the case?''
``Yes sir,'' said Camacho. At the end of the hearing, he glanced at the four Hartford, state and federal law officers who put him in prison. He nodded at them and quickly looked away.
Camacho had been a Hartford police officer for about 10 years when he abruptly quit the force in October 1998 -- about one year after Delgado's headless, handless corpse was found in a remote New Jersey lake.
Camacho was seen talking to Delgado and Rosita right before mother and daughter disappeared from a street corner in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood in October 1997. Rosita has not been seen or heard from since.
Camacho later asked his brother to concoct a false alibi for him, according to court records. In November 1998, police found a handmade hatchet and a wire garrote during a raid at Camacho's Cromwell home.
Last October, federal prosecutors for the first time publicly identified Camacho as the prime suspect. A task force of Hartford, state and federal law officers is investigating the murder and disappearance.
Camacho had affairs with Delgado and a second woman while he was assigned to patrol south Hartford. He had children with both women and was under a court order to pay child support.
Camacho, who was married to his second wife at the time, was also under a court order to support a child from his first marriage.
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The Hartford Courant
November 21, 2000
SEARCH FOR ROSITA GOES PUBLIC
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE USING BILLBOARDS IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ROSITA CAMACHO, WHO WAS 4 1/2 WHEN SHE DISAPPEARED IN 1997.
Author: JOSH KOVNER; Courant Staff Writer
Five weeks after naming a former Hartford police officer as the suspect in the decapitation of his ex-girlfriend and disappearance of their daughter, law officers are starting their biggest push yet to find the little girl.
The case has haunted investigators since the headless, handless body of the mother, Rosa Delgado, 21, floated to the surface of a remote New Jersey lake three years ago, on Nov. 26, 1997.
Rosita Camacho, 4 1/2 when she disappeared with her mother from a street corner in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood on Oct. 24, 1997, has vanished without a trace.
Starting Wednesday, all of the Parkville and Frog Hollow neighborhoods along Park Street will be reminded that a little girl is still unaccounted for.
Three billboards will be posted announcing the $20,000 reward for information on Rosita, and giving a confidential tipline, 800-435-1284.
Two boards, one in English, the other in Spanish, will rise at 1850 Park St.; the third, in English, will go up at Park and Broad streets. The billboards are timed to take advantage of the bustle and the spirit of Thanksgiving, as well as marking the third anniversary of the discovery of Delgado's body.
The public outreach is the first volley in an all-out blitz to solve the case by a 10-member task force of city, state and federal officers.
The squad will run down any leads from the billboards and try to find a link between the disappearances and a wire garrote and hatchet found during a November 1998 raid at the home of the prime suspect, former Hartford police Officer Julio Camacho.
Camacho is being held without bail on unrelated sexual-assault charges and has not been charged in the Delgado murder or the disappearance of Rosita.
The officers, who began working together two years ago to probe corruption in the Hartford police force, say they want nothing more than to discover that Rosita, who would now be 7 years old, has been hidden away by people sympathetic to Delgado's killer.
But squad members say they also are prepared for the worst. A public appeal for information on Rosita in the Puerto Rican cities of Yabucoa and Humacao, where Camacho has relatives, yielded only false sightings and more frustration.
``Every time we look at the picture of this little girl, it grates on each one of us -- especially when you think about the horrible way her mother died,'' said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michael Clark.
``We're going to exhaust every possible lead and spare no expense -- this case needs closure,'' Clark said.
Law officers already searched for Rosita in and around Columbia Lake in northern New Jersey, where Delgado's body was found. Clark said New Jersey State Police are ready to look again if new information suggests Rosita's body is there.
The squad of FBI agents, Hartford police officers, and state's attorney's inspectors has investigated the case, off and on, for two years. A reward for information about Rosita was first offered in May 1999. The billboards mark the beginning of the most concerted effort in the investigation, Clark said.
``This is a sad case,'' said Frog Hollow neighborhood activist Jose Martinez, vice president of Hartford Area Rallies Together. ``At the beginning, there was much concern, but after three years, people need to be reminded. I hope, for the sake of the family of the mother and the little girl, and even for the father, if he didn't do it, that the billboards work.''
``Hopefully, the billboards play on someone -- and they know something,'' said Oscar Rivera, Rosa Delgado's brother-in-law. ``It feels good to know this investigation never died.''
Camacho is one of seven former Hartford officers indicted in the past year for on-duty sexual crimes.
Last month, in arguing that Camacho be held without bail, federal prosecutor James Glasser told the judge that investigators have a circumstantial case that ties Camacho to Delgado's murder, but were not yet ready to charge him.
During the 1998 raid on Camacho's home in Cromwell, officers found that the fabric liner of Camacho's car trunk was missing and the floor of the trunk was sanded down to shiny metal. But no blood or other forensic evidence was found in the trunk, or on the garrote or the hand-made hatchet, which was so clean, one law officer said, that it glistened in the sun.
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Hartford Police Department
Sergeant Cliff Smith
Detective Curtis Lollar
NCMEC #: NCMC840827
NCIC Number: M-069806878