Man charged with killing mistress who vanished in June

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(AP) - A former New Jersey man was chargedThursday with killing his mistress, who vanished in June. Her body has not been found.

Rosario DiGirolamo is accused of killing Amy Giordano, of Hightstown. He was arrested Thursday in the basement of his parents' home in Brooklyn, N.Y., prosecutors and his lawyer said.

DiGirolamo is charged with murder and tampering with evidence, and faces a term of 30 years to life in prison if convicted, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini said.

He is being held in New York on $1 million bail, and no extradition hearing was immediately scheduled. Courts are closed on Friday for Good Friday.

Bocchini declined to comment on what led to the arrest, but said evidence shows that Giordano is dead.

"We've accumulated a lot of evidence at this point," Bocchini said, but declined to give any specifics.

The prosecutor also would not comment on whether anyone else was involved, or when and where she was killed. He said the search for her body continues.

DiGirolamo's lawyer, Jerome Ballarotto, said they are ready to defend the allegations. He said he learned of the charges from the prosecutor's office.

"They told me they did not find the body, so we are a little confused as to how they have determined she is dead," Ballarotto said.

The couple's baby has been in foster care since June, when he was abandoned in the parking lot of Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., by DiGirolamo.

Giordano, 27, was last seen two days before the baby boy, Michael DiGirolamo, was discovered.

DiGirolamo, who had lived in Millstone, N.J., was having an affair with Giordano at the time of her disappearance, and later began divorce proceedings.

In February, the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families moved to terminate the parental rights of Giordano.

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