Detectives using phone records, surveillance video to track down college student’s killer

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JAMAICA, Queens (PIX11) – Detectives from the 103rd Squad in Jamaica, Queens would love someone to come forward to identify the woman on the surveillance footage.

They’re focusing on grainy footage from December 19th, 2012, where a woman is seen entering the  house on 145th Street in Jamaica, where Marisha Cheong lived with her boyfriend and members of his family.  The female is seen holding Cheong’s arm and leading her from the house thirteen minutes later. Cheong stops to close the gate to the front yard, and then she’s pulled along down the sidewalk, out of  the camera’s view.


Marisha Cheong’s body washed up on a Breezy Point beach in February 2013.

Just two months later, Cheong’s body washed up on a beach in Breezy Point, Queens. Detectives told PIX11 the last text messages from her cell phone came from the vicinity of the Addabo Bridge, which separates Howard Beach from Broad Channel. Detective James Lusk of the 103rd Squad said that information would be consistent with Cheong being thrown into the water in this area of Queens.

Marisha Cheong was wearing colorful pajama bottoms when she was found, and her mother, BiBi, told PIX11 she knew the body was her daughter’s, because Marisha had matching slippers that she used to wear.

The NYPD is offering a $22,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.  All tips can be kept confidential.  If you have one, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.