ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Police Department has launched a murder investigation after discovering a missing teenager’s body by fishermen near Vanguard Parkway. The grim find has raised concerns in the community, prompting a thorough inquiry.
According to Captain Frank Umbrino, officers received reports of a decomposing body in the woods behind a recycling facility in the area. The body had been in the state of decomposition for over a month and was located by anglers who stumbled upon the scene.
The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Jakarah Lopez-Moore by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. While her death has been classified as a homicide, authorities have not disclosed the specific cause of death.
Lopez-Moore was last seen leaving her residence on Weld Street around 1:45 a.m. on August 27. At first, investigators believed she left of her own accord. However, the circumstances surrounding her disappearance have raised concerns.
“Although Jakarah was going through things that young kids go through, it was uncommon for her to stay out of contact for a two-day period with her family. It was uncommon for her to stay off of social media for that time,” stated Capt. Umbrino.
The Rochester police have indicated that they will be probing various locations throughout the Rochester area that might be linked to this tragic murder. However, specific details about these locations have not been disclosed.
During the investigation, police came across ransom notes, but these were subsequently determined to be hoaxes. Authorities have cautioned the public to remain vigilant against potential scammers exploiting situations like this for personal gain.
As the investigation unfolds, anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact 911 immediately. Additional details may be released as the inquiry progresses.