NEW YORK —
Former detective Jerry Giorgio, who had the case from 1991 until his retirement over the summer, said he remained confident the case could be solved. Assistant Chief Joseph Reznick, who also worked the case, said they never gave up.
“I think reflecting back on what we named this little girl, Baby Hope, I think it’s the most accurate name we could have come up with,” Reznick said.
Giorgio left the NYPD and went to the Manhattan district attorney’s cold case squad, from which he retired this year. “I missed the tipster call by a couple of weeks, damn it,” he said.
The tipster, who saw the recent news stories on the case, led police to Anjelica’s sister, who told detectives she thought her sister had been killed. Police matched DNA from Anjelica to their mother. The mother, who was not identified, didn’t have custody of Anjelica at the time of the girl’s death — she had been living with relatives on the father’s side, including Balvina Juarez-Ramirez, police said.
Juarez-Ramirez is the sister of Juarez. Police closed in on the suspect and waited for him Friday outside a Manhattan restaurant where he worked as a dishwasher. He told them he noticed Anjelica while visiting the family apartment and killed her, police said.
“When she went motionless, he summoned his sister from another room,” Kelly said.
Then, the sister got the blue cooler — which still contained full cans of Coke. They took a livery cab from Queens to Manhattan where they dumped the cooler, then separated.
Her parents never reported her missing, though they had contact with the suspect. Juarez had never been considered a suspect before. Police refused to say whether he had previous arrests or had been accused in other sexual assaults.
Kelly called the arrest a superb case of detective work, and said he was proud of his officers.