Boy’s body found inside suitcase identified, 1 person arrested in SF

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After months of investigation, the young boy found dead inside a suitcase in Southern Indiana has been identified. 

The child was Cairo Ammar Jordan, 5, of Atlanta. 

According to the police, Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, was arrested in connection with the case. The boy’s mother, Dejuane Ludie Anderson, 37, is still at large. 

Both were wanted on charges of neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice, with the warrants being issued on Oct. 14. 

Anderson was last known to be in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, California. She has also been to Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Anderson remains at large.

Sgt. Carey Huls with Indiana State Police shows a photo of Dejuane Anderson during an Oct. 26 news conference. (WXIN)

On April 16, 2022, a mushroom hunter found a suitcase in a heavily wooded area of Washington County. The suitcase contained the body of a deceased young boy. 

The mushroom hunter called 911 and an investigation was launched. 

Investigators went through several missing person cases to try and find a match but young Cairo was never reported missing and wasn’t in a national database. 

Previously, Indiana State Police described the body as a Black child, approximately 5 years old with a slim build and short hair. An autopsy found he died due to “electrolyte imbalance” most likely from “viral gastroenteritis.”

The autopsy report also said there are no significant traumatic injuries and no “anatomical cause of death”. 

In June, mourners gathered for a memorial service of the then-unnamed child they called “Angel.” He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem with a marker bearing the image of an angel and the inscription, “In loving memory of a beloved little boy known but to God. Asleep in the arms of Jesus.”

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