With the assistance of the FBI and authorities in the state of Massachusetts, Michael and Elinor Trotta have been located and are safe in the state of Massachusetts.
After an intense and aggressive investigation, detectives were able to locate Elinor and are working to reunite her with her mother.
Michael Trotta was taken into custody outside of an apartment building in Spencer, Massachusetts at approximately 3:30 p.m. Warrants remain on file for Michael’s arrest in DE stemming from an assault on 2/15 as well as last night’s incident which included Reckless Endangering and Carjacking.
Michael will also be charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and is awaiting extradition back to DE.
As soon as possible, Dawn (Elinor’s mother), will be flying to Massachusetts with law enforcement officials to be reunited with Elinor. There are no details on Dawn’s flight at this time.
We appreciate the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the US Attorney General’s Office, The Delaware Attorney General’s Office, and the many state and local agencies which included the New Jersey State Police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Spencer Police Department.
Original press release:
The New Castle County Police Department is investigating a domestic related incident in which a man assaulted his ex-girlfriend and took their 3-year-old daughter in the community of School Side Apartments in New Castle.
At approximately 6:48 p.m., County Police responded to the 800 Block of East Basin Rd. (School Side Apartments) for the report of a domestic related assault. The reporting person advised that her ex-boyfriend, 39 year old Michael Trotta, just came to her residence, assaulted her, and took their 3 year old daughter.
Police are currently looking for Michael Trotta. Trotta is a white male, 5’8” tall, approximately 160 pounds, balding short haircut, scruffy beard and mustache last seen wearing all black clothing. The suspect fled the scene in a 1989 gray Mazda 626 bearing Delaware registration 247457. In the vehicle is the suspect’s three year old daughter, Elinor Trotta. Elinor is a three year old white female, approximately 60 pounds, heavy set, brown shoulder length hair, last seen wearing a purple puffy coat, pink pants and “Frozen” sneakers.
Police believe the child is in imminent danger and that Trotta may have fled with her to the state of New Jersey possibly heading to New York City.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call 911 immediately. Citizens may also call the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 573-2800 or can visit our website at www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department. Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit.
The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all IPhone and Android smartphones.