The bones of 16-year-old Jakarah Lopez-Moore have been discovered in a forested area behind 5 Vanguard Parkway in Rochester, according to a sombre finding made by New York police. The declaration was made after her corpse was discovered on October 14 by a group of people fishing near a canal, who immediately notified the authorities. Later, the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office recognised Lopez-Moore’s remains as being those of the deceased and concluded that she was killed.
During a news conference, Rochester Police Captain Frank Umbrino disclosed that Lopez-Moore’s family had reported her missing on August 29 of this year. The teenager’s family claims that she left her Weld Street flat at around 1:45 a.m. on August 27 and never came back.
Although the authorities have not verified this information, Lopez-Moore’s relatives stated that they last saw her getting into a silver sedan with tinted windows as she left her residence. Captain Umbrino stressed that some facts must be withheld since the murder investigation is still ongoing and quite active.
A recycling factory, commercial buildings, railway tracks and a forested area that borders a neighbouring canal are all present at the site where the little girl’s body was found.
The fact that her corpse had to be identified scientifically after being there for “at least over a month” was one of the ways Umbrino emphasised the importance of the find.
Lopez-Moore’s family had been concerned about her out-of-character behaviour at the time of her disappearance, particularly the fact that she had not been in touch with any of her siblings and had not been active on social media. Her family had been concerned about these peculiar circumstances, which suggested that something was off.
The FBI assisted the Rochester Police Department in dispelling rumours that text texts pertaining to the case were encrypted with ransom. Umbrino called people who tried to take advantage of the missing person’s case for their own benefit “idiots” and voiced his disgust with them.
There are 63 open missing juvenile cases in Rochester at the moment, making it difficult to decide which ones to notify the public about. Anyone with information on Lopez-Moore’s disappearance or who knows her is being asked to get in touch with the Rochester Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 428-7157 or Crime Stoppers at 423-9300. MajorCrimes@cityof Rochester.gov is another email address where information can be provided.
Umbrino called on anybody with information about the case to come forward, stressing the significance of offering the data required to help put an end to this unfortunate and heartbreaking circumstance.