Monday, October 14, 2013
Illegal immigration status led to 22-year old cold case
From the NY Times:
Before she came to be known as Baby Hope, Anjelica Castillo lived with seven people in the Queens apartment where she was killed. None of them spoke up when she vanished one summer day.
Neither did her parents, who never reported the girl missing, nor did at least two of her sisters, who spoke of it to each other but not to the authorities.
Several factors may have contributed to the family’s reluctance to speak up. Many were living in the United States illegally, according to two other law enforcement officials, and were likely fearful of coming forward. One of the officials said that after the killing, Ms. Juarez-Ramirez and Mr. Juarez told others living in the apartment on 30th Avenue in Astoria that “Anjelica is not coming home” and that they should not ask questions. Investigators believe the pair might have succeeded in keeping them quiet because of the immigration status of those living there.