Report: Baby, found dead in suitcase in NJ, was missing from Va.
JERSEY CITY — The baby found inside a suitcase along the PATH railroad tracks is a baby that went missing in Virginia last August, and the child's father is in custody in Puerto Rico, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
The girl, estimated to be around 10 months old, was found on the tracks underneath the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge, just off Broadway in Jersey City on April 11, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. A medical examiner said she was of Hispanic or African-American descent and a cause of death had yet to be determined.
On Monday night Suarez identified the child as Te-Myah Layaunna Plummer, who was born on May 19, 2016. The girl was born in Richmond, Virginia, according to Suarez, who added that while the cause of death is being determined, police believe she died out-of-state.
Suarez said the child's actual age was determined after additional medical studies, and that she was identified after DNA testing by the FBI Forensic Lab in Quantico, Virginia.
A story from Richmond station WWBT TV said the girl has not been seen by family in Richmond since last August
The girl's father, identified as 37-year-old Travis Lamont Plummer was located in Puerto Rico, according to Suarez. The Richmond resident was arrested by FBI agents on April 19, and is awaiting extradition, Suarez said. He has been charged with second-degree desecrating human remains.
Suarez asked anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s website at hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip.
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