ISP identifies boy’s body found in suitcase, warrant out for mother, woman arrested

The child was identified as 5-year-old Cairo Jordan from Georgia.
Police say they are searching for DeJaune Ludie Anderson, the mother of the child whose body...
Police say they are searching for DeJaune Ludie Anderson, the mother of the child whose body was found in a suitcase in Washington Co.(Staff)
Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 11:22 AM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) - Indiana State Police announced the arrest of one woman, and a warrant for the mother of a little boy whose body was found in a suitcase in rural Washington County in April.

“It’s a bittersweet day,” said Sgt. Carey Huls, Indiana State Police.

There were no matches to any missing children reports for police to work off of on the case. There were thousands of tips, but unfortunately none of them panned out.

An autopsy did not find any signs of physical trauma.

“No crime scene evidence technologies were spared,” Huls said about the investigation.

As a result of physical evidence, ISP detectives were able to identify two suspects and the little boy found dead.

Two felony arrest warrants were issued for Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, of Louisiana and 37-year-old DeJaune Ludie Anderson, of Atlanta, who is the child’s mother. Coleman was arrested in recent days in San Francisco, California. Police are still trying to locate Anderson.

The child was identified as 5-year-old Cairo Jordan from Georgia. He was never reported to authorities as a missing child. He would have turned 6 years old on Oct. 24.

“We want justice for Cairo,” Huls said.

A felony murder arrest warrant was issued for Anderson. She is currently at-large and believed to have last been in the Los Angeles area.

“Help us locate her for Cairo so that justice can be served for him,” Huls said.

The child's body was found in April by a mushroom hunter in rural Washington County.
The child's body was found in April by a mushroom hunter in rural Washington County.(ISP)

Last Sunday marked six months since a mushroom hunter stumbled upon a Las Vegas suitcase, deep in the woods and high in the hills on April 16, 2022.

The suitcase was not far from a dead-end road. A state police sergeant who has lived in Washington County his whole life told 13News he didn’t even know this road existed. Inside, he found a dead child described by police as a 5-year-old African American male, about 4 feet tall with a slim build and short haircut.

A month later, ISP released autopsy results showing the boy died of an electrolyte imbalance.

The Washington County community laid the young boy to rest in June, marking his grave with the phrase: “In loving memory of a little boy known but to God.”

ISP officials said their investigation into the boy’s identity and who could be responsible for leaving his body in those woods, is still ongoing.

Anyone who recognizes the suitcase or has additional information on the incident should contact police using the tip line at 1-888-437-6432.

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