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Search continues for missing woman in Middletown

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Crews searched a pond in Middletown for missing 57-year-old Nina Coe on Thursday. (WFSB) Crews searched a pond in Middletown for missing 57-year-old Nina Coe on Thursday. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

The search continued for a missing Middletown woman on Thursday morning and now, Eyewitness News has learned her boyfriend is in jail.

Nina Coe, 57, hasn't been seen for almost a month.

Dive teams were in and out of a pond behind an apartment building near Russell Street on Thursday morning.

Their search turned up empty for Coe. Crews are now searching another body of water nearby.

Coe's family said they usually talk daily with her and haven't heard from her since July 16th. Her boyfriend, 55-year-old Gregory Erhardt was arrested just the day before she went missing.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News the couple, who lived together, would argue all the time. The fighting got so bad, Coe filed a restraining order against her boyfriend.

“I was surprised to see all the activity and it's a sad thing,” neighbor Therese Spencer said.

“It's nerve-wracking. I didn't know what was going on," Kyron Holley, of Middletown, said.

Erhardt was arrested for breaking the rules of a protective order.

His police record dates back to the 1980's.  In the last five years, Erhardt was convicted of assault, disorderly conduct and violating probation.

Crews were searching in close-by area last week. Officers searched the areas of Silver Street, Cedar Lane and Reservoir Road.  They were looking in the woods and in this body of water near Connecticut Valley Hospital.

Police have a list of places they're searching, but won't share the list with Eyewitness News. Missing posters were plastered in many parts of Middletown. Many told Eyewitness News they are hoping Coe is safe.

“I'm sorry about the family, my condolences. I hope they find her," Eddie Cuscut said.

“It's sad. We see her poster and no one knows what happened to her. It's still a mystery," Holley said.

Coe is described at a white female with brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5'2" and weighs about 130 pounds.  There were no clothing descriptions available for when Coe went missing. She wears glasses, has a tattoo on leg and a scar on the right side of her neck. 

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