MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT, Lower Manhattan (PIX11) – Jerry Giorgio and Joseph Reznick, detectives formerly assigned to Baby Hope’s case in 1991, always remained confident the NYPD would find her killer.
Police have now finally arrested the alleged killer of the four-year old, her own cousin Conrado Juarez.
The little girl’s body was discovered stuffed into a picnic cooler off the side of the Henry Hudson Parkway in 1991. For years, police struggled to figure out the girls identity, or circumstances of her death.
This past July, on the 22nd anniversary, detectives handed out fliers and canvassed the neighborhood near where Baby Hope was found, offering a $12,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
Several tips led to a DNA test which led them to the girl’s mother, and they finally discovered Baby Hope’s real name, Anjelica Castillo.
During an interrogation earlier Saturday morning, police say 52-year-old Juarez admitted to sexually assaulting and suffocating the little girl. Jaurez, who was 30 at the time of the murder, says his sister helped him get rid of the body in the cooler.
Detectives from the 34th Precinct squad paid for Baby Hope’s tombstone, and ensured she had a proper burial 22 years ago.
They can now rest easy, knowing Anjelica Castillo is closer to receiving justice.