Police Seek Lawrence Man in Connection with Methuen Murder

Methuen Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Emilio DeLarosa, 32, of Lawrence, in connection with the murder of Wanda Rosa, 29, of Methuen.

A Lawrence man, sought as a “person of interest” in the death of a Methuen woman and mother of his four year old son, is still at large Tuesday, according to the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

Methuen Police Detectives and Massachusetts State Police assigned to Blodgett’s office are asking the public’s help in searching for Emilio DeLarosa, 32, of Lawrence, in connection with the murder of Wanda Rosa, 29, of Methuen, according to a statement from Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. Rosa was found unresponsive during a well-being check at a Tudor Street residence Monday morning. Her four-year old son is currently with relatives, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Blodgett. She told WHAV DeLarosa was recently released from state prison after being held since he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assault charges in December, 2014.

“Apparently he was recently released and is on probation for five years during which he is to get batterers intervention treatment, comply by DCF (Department of Children and Families), attending parenting class and not abuse the victim,” Kimball-Monahan said. “We are asking if anyone who knows him and may know where he is, to please contact the police.”

Police do not believe it was a random act of violence. DeLarosa allegedly took Rosa’s four-year old son from the home and left him at a relative’s home in Lawrence, according to Blodgett.

“At approximately 5:45 am, Methuen police conducted a well-being check at aTudor Street residence. After making entry, officers located an unresponsive adult female. She was transported to Holy Family Hospital where she was pronounced dead,” a statement from Solomon reads.

Anyone with information on the incident, or knows the whereabouts of DeLarosa are urged to contact the Methuen Police Department at 978-983-8698 or Massachusetts State Police Detectives at 978-538-6161.