The family of 13-year-old Minerliz “Minnie” Soriano waited 22 years for what unfolded on Monday, when arrests were finally made in her chilling case.
Minnie went missing on February 24, 1999. A very responsible and diligent young woman, Minnie used to pick up her 7-year-old sister Nadia from school and the two would make the 30-minute journey home together, according to the report. Medium.
When Nadia arrived home alone, her family knew something was wrong. They searched the area and warned police, but they made sure over and over again that Minnie was probably just hanging out with friends – even though her family knew it wasn’t like her.
Three days later, a homeless man found the teen’s body in a trash can behind a store. She was strangled and stuffed in a plastic trash bag.
For 22 years, her killer was free – but all the while, her death has haunted the now-retired NYPD sleuth Malcolm Reiman, who has been involved in the case since it began.
“There’s DNA on the victim, and it’s an unidentified donor, which means the person hasn’t been identified,” he said. CBS2. “He’s not in any known databases.”
Years later, when familial DNA testing was developed, Reiman urged the department to pursue that route.
“If a relative of the killer is in the database, that would indicate that the relative is in the database,” he said.
So they did. And they found a suspect.
“When familial DNA search was introduced, familial DNA search was an intentional search using specialized software for a relative,” said the commanding officer of the NYPD Forensic Investigations Unit, Emanuel Katranakis, said. “So we searched for this specific DNA profile, and as a result, we found forensic familial DNA for the defendant’s father.”
On Monday, police arrested Joseph Martinez, 49, of New Rochelle and charged him killing. Martinez apparently has an online character, “Jupiter Joe” and has been actively teaching kids about astronomy.
Martinez has pleaded not guilty, and the family still has many questions. What is the engine? Why Minnie? Hopefully they will get an answer soon.
“We will never forget what happened, because she is still in our hearts,” said Amelia Soriano, Minnie’s aunt. WABC-TV.
“She was a very sweet, very happy child,” said Soriano, according to New York Post. “She dances, she sings, she tells stories, she is full of love.”
“We didn’t want her to be remembered like that, she was the little girl found in the Bronx,” another relative, Destiny Soriano, said. News 12 Bronx.
“We don’t want her to be known as a Bronx case of dumping. We want her to rest in peace. We want her name to be known as justice, awareness, hope…”
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