A five-year-old boy found dead in a suitcase in woodlands near Salem, Indiana, six months ago has finally been identified by police.
Indiana State Police have said that the child is Cairo Jordan, from Atlanta, Georgia.
His mother Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 37, and another woman Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, murdered the boy after posting on social media they believed he was a demon, police said during a conference on Wednesday.
The boy’s father Vincent Jordan, 33, posted in a tribute to his son online, saying that Anderson had run away with their child in 2017 following a custody battle and that he had been looking for them ever since.
Coleman was arrested last week in San Francisco on October 19 but Cairo’s mother Anderson remains on the run. Her last known location was Echo Park in Los Angeles, Indiana State Police said on Wednesday.
Anderson is about 5’5″ and had short, dark brown hair in her last known photo. She is known to often wear wigs and extensions, police said.
Cairo’s father said in a social media post that he hadn’t seen his son since early 2017 when Anderson ran away with him following a custody battle. He said he has been looking for them both ever since
Anderson is about 5’5″ and had short, dark brown hair in her last known photo. She is known to often wear wigs and extensions, police said
Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, was arrested last week in San Francisco on October 19. Photos and videos on Coleman’s social media platforms also show her with the Las Vegas suitcase, according to court documents
The five-year-old boy found stuffed inside this suitcase in woods in Indiana in April died from dehydration, police have revealed as they continue to hunt for his killer
Cairo was discovered in a Las Vegas-themed suitcase by a mushroom hunter on April 16, 80 feet from Holder Road, a dead-end street in an isolated area of southeast Washington County in southern Indiana.
Anderson and Coleman were identified as suspects after their fingerprints were matched to those on the trash bag Cairo was wrapped in, court documents reveal.
Police were also able to track cell phones belonging to the two women to the area the suitcase was found on April 14, two days prior to its discovery.
On the day of the discovery of the suitcase a 2019 Dodge Challenger registered to Anderson was captured by a camera travelling south on the I65 over a bridge from Indiana to Kentucky.
Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 37, is wanted by Indiana State Police and was last seen in California
Five-year-old Cairo Jordan was found in the suitcase in March by a mushroom hunter
Police investigating Cairo’s death came across a number of social media accounts linked to both Anderson and Coleman indicating that they thought they were ‘living with a demonic child.’
Court documents outline a number of social media posts made by the two women. In February this year Anderson posted: ‘I had to raise my frequency, heal myself and past lives, heal my ancestors, heal s**t in the universe, heal Gaia to exorcism a very powerful demonic force from within my son.’
In another, from April, Coleman posted: ‘You better check to see if the children that you think are children actually have souls or if they’re not malevolent beings with a soul.’
Photos and videos on Coleman’s social media platforms also show her with the Las Vegas suitcase, according to court documents.
Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 37, from Georgia was Cairo’s mother
A month before the discovery of Cairo, on March 12, that same Dodge Challenger, which was being driven by Anderson at the time, led police on a 30-mile chase in South Carolina. Coleman and the child were both in the car at the time.
The chase was triggered when she was detected driving at 92 mph on a 60 mph road, according to court documents. The chase lasted until her car ran out of gas.
After the chase neither Anderson nor Coleman opened the car doors to allow police into the car, so they were forced to break the rear driver’s side window to enter the vehicle.
Anderson was then taken to Colleton County Jail while Coleman and the boy were taken to a nearby Hilton hotel. At the time of the arrest, Anderson told police that Coleman was her sister.
A Dodge Challenger, which was being driven by Anderson, led police on a 30-mile chase in South Carolina. Coleman and the baby were both in the car at the time
Just a few weeks later on March 31, Anderson was arrested again. She was caught concealing items in a bag in a mall and when confronted about the theft by a security guard, ended up punching them in the face.
She was then taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Kentucky.
For six months the people of Indiana had been longing for answers regarding the unidentified boy.
An autopsy report released in May revealed only that the boy, who has now been named as Cairo, died of an electrolyte deficiency, likely due to vomiting or diarrhea.
In June a funeral service was held for the child, who was then unidentified. On his gravestone read the words: ‘In loving memory of a beloved little boy known but to god.’
‘This child when he crossed into Washington County, in this terrible way, he became an adopted son of ours,’ said a Washington County minister Rodney Sweeney.
A funeral service was held for Cairo in June in Indiana, and was funded largely by local donations
In a tribute to his son, Vincent Jordan posted:
‘Today my heart was broken into a million pieces. I got a call from an officer telling me that my 5 year old son Cairo Jordan (who ironically turned 6 today) was murdered by his mother Dejuan Anderson in Indiana April 14th 2022.
It’s October 25th his birthday and they are just now notifying me about his death. Me and my family have spent the past three years looking for Dejuan and Cairo.
She took him away at the beginning of our custody battle back in 2017, she threatened to call the police on me for coming to pick him up on a agreed weekend. She never showed up in court and its killing me because that weekend is the last time I seen my baby boy.
I swear y’all don’t know the pain, as a father I feel defeated this was the only thing I feared on this earth.’