The search continues for the Nevada correctional officer accused in the murder of his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children.
Christopher Caggiano, 41, has not been seen since Saturday after leaving his southeast valley townhouse where police say he shot and killed 32-year-old Cheri Anaya.
This is just one of several recent domestic violence investigations Metro is working on right now.
Advocates say there are always signs in a relationship and there is always help. In the last week, Metro Police have investigated at least three domestic violence homicides. Two of them are couples who are or were in a romantic relationship. The most recent involving a correctional officer who is now a fugitive.
“Whether they happen back-to-back or not is not surprising to us,” said Christy Shannon, vp of finance and grants, SafeNest.
She is with SafeNest, the largest and oldest provider of domestic violence services. Shannon says resources make a world of a difference, but only if people seek help.
“It’s important to know that there are resources out there that can guide you and make them feel supported,” she said.
Despite the help available, a 2017 report ranked Nevada second for the highest number of murders in which a man killed a woman. Alaska was number one. These are 2015 per capita statistics published by The Violence Policy Center.
“We’ve been in the top 10 for a long time and so we know that that is an issue in our valley,” she said.
So far this year, Metro Police have investigated 76 homicides. Of those deaths, 16 have been linked to domestic violence.
During the same time last year, there were only 11 of these types of murders out of the 75 overall. That’s a 45 percent increase.
“Everybody can be a part of this cycle for victims,” Shannon said. “We see all economic levels. We see all types of races, ages and backgrounds.”
Shannon says in the vast majority of cases, there’s a history of some type of abuse.
“Even if there was no physical abuse, emotional abuse is very real, financial abuse and manipulation is very real and those can be hard for neighbors or friends to see.”
As for the correctional officer, Metro says they are actively looking for him. They have alerted law enforcement throughout the Southwest region.
If you know of someone dealing with domestic violence, they can call SafeNest at (702) 646-4981 or contact them online by clicking here.