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Searching for governor’s missing aide finds blood in lawyer’s home

January 3, 1997

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ Blood believed to be from Gov. Thomas Carper’s missing secretary was found in the home of a lawyer with whom she was having a turbulent affair, the FBI said in court papers unsealed Friday.

Thomas J. Capano, 47, is believed to be the last person to see Anne Marie Fahey alive. He was identified months ago as the prime suspect in her disappearance but has not been charged.

``There is probable cause to believe that Thomas Capano ... killed her at his residence and then attempted to clean evidence relating to the cause of her death,″ an FBI agent said in court papers dated Aug. 16.

Bloodstains were found on a radiator, woodwork and laundry closet door of Capano’s house, according to the affidavit. Stains in the back seat of Capano’s Jeep Cherokee also were believed to be blood, the affidavit said.

Capano’s cleaning woman told police he replaced a sofa and beige carpet with two chairs and an Oriental rug.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Sleet would not comment on any tests done on the blood.

Capano and his lawyer, Charles M. Oberly III, did not return calls seeking comment.

Capano, a politically connected lawyer whose family owns a major development company, took Ms. Fahey to dinner at a restaurant in Philadelphia on June 27. He told police he dropped her off at home.

In an interview with the FBI, Ms. Fahey’s therapist, psychologist Michele Sullivan, said she was trying to help Ms. Fahey gain the confidence to break off her relationship with Capano.

She said Ms. Fahey told her Capano had stalked her and threatened to expose their relationship. She believed Ms. Fahey went to the restaurant on to break up with Capano.

``Sullivan did not believe that Fahey would have willingly gone to Capano’s house that night,″ according to the affidavit.

Ms. Fahey’s hairdresser, Lisa D’Amico, said Ms. Fahey was frightened that he might harm her, according to the affidavit. Capano blamed Ms. Fahey for ruining his life because he left his wife for her, Ms. D’Amico said.

Capano is a father of four who separated from his wife in the 1995. A former prosecutor and public defender, he served as an aide to a Wilmington mayor and former Gov. Michael Castle.

The documents were released by a federal judge at the request of Ms. Fahey’s family.

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