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Nov 6, 2015 11:38 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Husband Of Missing Sagaponack Woman Asks Community For Help, Submits To Lie Detector Test

Carlos Aucapina, estranged husband of missing woman Lilia Aucapina, spoke on Tuesday at the Southampton office of his lawyer, Colin Astarita.  DANA SHAW
Nov 10, 2015 3:03 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 2:50 p.m.

The husband of the missing Sagaponack woman said in a press conference with The Press that he submitted to a lie detector test on Monday evening at Suffolk County Police headquarters in an effort to move along the investigation into the whereabouts of his wife.

Carlos Aucapina volunteered to take the polygraph test to "completely support his innocence," according to Colin Astarita, his attorney. "As a defense attorney, that is something you generally shy away from," Mr. Astarita added.

While he was in jail for just about a week, Mr. Aucapina said he thought a lot about his wife and believes that she is okay. "My hopes, my prayer is that she will come out in some given time and date and say 'I'm here and I'm ready to take for my actions,'" Mr. Aucapina said. "That was my hope—I hope and believe that she is okay."

He explained that Ms. Aucapina is a "strong woman" who is very conservative, as she regularly attended church at the Ministerio Restauracion A Las Naciones, which is located on County Road 39 in Southampton. He does not believe that she committed suicide because she is a "strong person in her beliefs."

Mr. Astarita clarified that Mr. Aucapina was not the last person to have seen his wife because he left the Meeting House Medical Practice in Wainscott on October 10 as soon as she asked him to and when her male friend, Angel Tejada, decided to call the police.

Mr. Aucapina said that he wants to do everything he can to find his wife, but that he is limited in his actions because police have looked at him as a suspect.

"It is obvious for him to be a suspect as one of the last people to have seen her with the proximity of her making that request that he stay next door," Mr. Astarita said, explaining that the order of protection allowed Mr. Aucapina to live next door to Ms. Aucapina on Toppings Path. "He even understands that it is completely reasonable, but the lack of development in the case has been extremely troubling."

Mr. Aucapina said that he remains hopeful and wants to organize a big search for his wife—there are over 200 acres of land, as well as two ponds, by their home in Sagaponack.



Original Story

A text message was sent from Lilia Aucapina’s phone to both her children the day she was reported missing almost one month ago, according to Southampton Town Police.

It was something along the lines of, “Remember, Mommy loves you,” according to Colin Astarita, the lawyer for her estranged husband, Carlos Aucapina.

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant James Kiernan said he could not confirm exactly what the text message said, but like Mr. Astarita said that the message was sent in Spanish—Ms. Aucapina’s native language—after she was last seen but before she was officially reported missing by her son, Ronald Aucapina, on October 10.

Police have investigated where the phone was last used, but “they try to keep that out of the press so that the bad guys don’t hide their tracks,” Lt. Kiernan explained.

Ms. Aucapina, of Sagaponack, was reported missing 12 hours after she was seen at the Meeting House Medical Practice in Wainscott. Police said that her husband had confronted her and a male friend that morning, which violated an order of protection.

Mr. Aucapina accused Angel Tejada of having an affair with his soon-to-be ex-wife, according to arrest and incident reports filed at East Hampton Town Justice Court. The Aucapinas were in the process of getting a divorce.

According to Mr. Tejada’s statement, Mr. Aucapina called Ms. Aucapina’s brother, Carlos Parra, who also confronted her at the medical practice.

Mr. Astarita said that Mr. Aucapina may have violated the order of protection because he wanted proof that his wife was having an extramarital relationship. “That is why he called her brother to meet him there, as well,” Mr. Astarita said. “Her family was seeing that she was doing this, which may have created—potentially—that feeling of embarrassment or shame.”

Both the Southampton Town Police and the East Hampton Town Police departments arrested Mr. Aucapina on misdemeanor criminal contempt charges. He has been accused of driving past Ms. Aucapina’s house while he was en route to confronting her at the medical practice in Wainscott, which constituted a violation of an order of protection in both jurisdictions.

“They are involved in the churches and they have a big and well-known family,” Mr. Astarita said on Friday. “She was seen with this guy that morning and it is her brother and husband that see her—then, suddenly, we don’t see her again.”

Mr. Astarita said that his client has been completely cooperative in the ongoing police investigation into Ms. Aucapina’s disappearance, adding that he even agreed to take a polygraph test and has provided phone and bank records to police. This week, the attorney will petition Suffolk County Family Court to allow Mr. Aucapina to return to the Aucapinas’ Sagaponack home to be with his daughter, which he says is what both she and his client want.

Lt. Kiernan said that he was not aware that Mr. Aucapina had agreed to take a lie detector test, but that police do have phone and bank records.

“There is so much effort going into it and we are not getting any breaks,” Lt. Kiernan said. “I’d be so happy to see her.”

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So, one month later:

"Police have investigated where the phone was last used, but “they try to keep that out of the press so that the bad guys don’t hide their tracks,” Lt. Kiernan explained."

One month later . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 6, 15 12:09 PM
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Hopefully this investigation will end better than that of Sister Jackie Walsh, almost 40 months ago, as of next Monday.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 6, 15 12:11 PM
I fail to see the conection between this story and Jackie Walsh
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Nov 6, 15 6:02 PM
The connection is a question of logic. Each "bad guy" perp would have known from the get-go that the cops were after him, right? And would have been "hiding his tracks" from the outset, right?

So where is the logic in waiting 11 days (Walsh case -- suspect's ID and photo) or a month (here -- last location of phone) to keep the public in the dark.

Doh -- wasn't the perp long gone in both instances?

When the public might have been able to help?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 4:35 PM
The police released very little information about the suspect they were seeking in Sister Jackie's death--this allowed him to escape not just the area, but the country.



By InnerBay (72), Southampton on Nov 10, 15 8:40 PM
PBR loves slinging mud at the Southampton Town Police and brings up the Sister Jackie case whenever possible.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 7:09 AM
Just the facts, no mud needed, mirrors and spotlights do just fine IMO.

Even the Press said in an editorial at the end of 2012 said that the failed investigation was a "gross miscarriage of justice."

Note that the SHT PD (and Supv. ATH by the way) have not updated the public about the case, in spite of all this time.

So many unanswered questions about all the investigative evidence which never had to see the light of day, because no suspect was ever brought to trial.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 4:40 PM
If the Walsh case is officially "dead" why not release all the investigative material? Has the Press filed a FOIL request for it, and would the PD defense to such a request be "still under investigation?" ??? Hah!

The unsolved hit-and-run death of Sister Jackie Walsh is a black eye on Southampton Town which will never go away until ALL the authorities (incl. Supv. Throne-Holst and former Chief Wilson) come clean.

Never.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 4:44 PM
Supervisor-elect Schneiderman should declare this unsolved "gross miscarriage of justice" (to quote the Press's editorial) as his first priority when he takes office.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 4:46 PM
PBR is at least reminding us that the STPD COMPLETELY BLEW IT in letting the suspect flee. At least someone is keeping Sister Jackie's case from being forgotten as though it never happened.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 8:28 AM
the last suspect was never in custody, maybe if there were outcry for more police rather than a minimally staffed department, the man power would be there to fulfill your expectations
By JMKG228 (12), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 8:58 AM
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By Inch_High_PI (29), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 1:35 PM
Sorry to say that your comment may be deleted, sir, although the correct identification of the actual driver certainly needs to see the light of day.

What forensic evidence was collected from the car?

Fingerprints, hair samples, saliva, sweat, clothing, etc. ?

Were these all tested for DNA against known samples from the alleged driver's employer, relatives, house guests, and the suspect himself (his hair brush, toothbrush and so forth)?

What is the totality of ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 15 4:56 PM
The comment above was deleted all right.

Rest in Peace Sister Walsh.

Hopefully the fate you met on July 9,, 2012 on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill, will be softened someday when all the facts are revealed.

Three years and four months . . . Ago . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 9, 15 9:48 AM
PBR - you have a lot of questions and it's a rather noble effort you have put forth. However, why don't you ask the PD these questions instead of posting them rhetorically online? You, as a citizen, can file a FOIL request. You can go to Public Hearings and ask the TB what the status is. For someone who is so interested in finding "the truth" you seem to be interested in others doing the work for you.

Additionally, your suspicions regarding Sister Jackie are that it was not the "suspect" ...more
Nov 9, 15 10:36 AM appended by Nature
Oh, so you don't want to tangle with the "goliaths". I guess you subscribe to the same school of thought that our friend HHS does. You certainly could request all of the information and hand it to the Press and comment on here how you have provided them with the information. Or you could take it to Newsday, Or the NYT or start your own blog or any number of things. But I guess it's easier to just whine to the same 5 people for years.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 9, 15 10:36 AM
Things are never as simple as they seem . . .

This David is not interested in tangling with the Goliaths you mention. The Press HAS gotten involved in other high profile cases in great detail (think Publick House homicide a couple of years ago). Hopefully they will re-double their efforts regarding Sister Walsh's unsolved murder.

If the SHT PD has nothing to hide, then release all the investigative material listed above.

Simple!

Only the Fourth Estate can get ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 9, 15 12:18 PM
Oh Nature, and you wonder why I stopped trying to have an adult, emotionally balanced conversation with you years ago.

Oh, I forgot it is after 4:30 on a work day. I thought this aggressive pattern only started on Friday afternoons!

To quote Nature:

"Oh, so you don't want to tangle with the "goliaths". I guess you subscribe to the same school of thought that our friend HHS does. You certainly could request all of the information and hand it to the Press and comment on ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 9, 15 5:54 PM
Truth Hurts. If you are going to try and goad me, provide a reasoned rebuttal of what I said instead of cutting and pasting my appended comment.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 10, 15 3:59 PM
A police force with a 23 million dollar budget isnt enough? These cops work 170 days a week we got screwed by the unions.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 11, 15 9:15 AM
170 days a week - no wonder they unionized!


By susgeek (41), Speonk on Nov 11, 15 4:49 PM
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I never understand the entries on this site. This article is about a missing woman--perhaps murdered, perhaps not. It is about a man who is trying to prove he is not involved with the disappearance. It is the story of a woman (our neighbor) who has children missing their mom. WHY cannot the readers and commenters not stay on topic and have some compassion and respect for this family?
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Nov 12, 15 3:59 PM
Thank you - I have been thinking the same thing .. Give this family that is worried about a loved one the respect they deserve in these threads ....
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 12, 15 6:16 PM
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By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Nov 12, 15 4:46 PM
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By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Nov 12, 15 4:47 PM
What a rosy picture the husband has.The husband wants a bilingual translator? I often wonder what country I'm in. I'm sure the potential kidnapper or killer could have easily texted something from the victims phone. The central American culture loves to abuse, rape , and murder woman. I hope that's not the case here, but rarely do people fall off the face of the earth.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 15, 15 9:44 AM
Any updates on this? Did the lie detector results come in?
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Nov 17, 15 9:39 AM