5-year-old child found dead in identified suitcase; woman arrested, mother still at large

Indiana State Police have identified the boy found dead six months ago in a suitcase in a field in southern Indiana.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Indiana State Police have identified the boy found dead six months ago in a suitcase in a field in southern Indiana. Now they have one person in custody for his death and are looking for a second – the child’s mother.

sergeant. Carey Huls, public information officer for the Sellersburg ISP station, said the boy was Cairo Ammar Jordan, 5, of Atlanta, Georgia. Cairo would have celebrated its 6th birthday on October 24.

On October 14, the Washington County Circuit Court issued two felony warrants in the case. One of the suspects, Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was arrested in recent days in San Francisco, California.

One of the suspects, Dawn Elaine Coleman, 40, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was arrested in recent days in San Francisco, California.(ISP)

The second person wanted is Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 37, of Atlanta, Georgia. She is Cairo’s mother and is still at large. Anderson is believed to have been in the Los Angeles area, but he has also recently visited Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

A Georgia state driver's license photo that is believed to be the most recent...
A Georgia state driver’s license photo believed to be the most recent photo of Dejaune Ludie Anderson, 37, of Atlanta. Anderson is charged with murder in the death of her 5-year-old son, Cairo Ammar Jordan, who was found inside a suitcase on April 16, 2022 in a field in Washington County, Indiana.(Source: Indiana State Police)

Both Coleman and Anderson are charged with negligence of a dependent resulting in death and obstruction of justice. Anderson will also be charged with murder. Coleman’s probable case affidavit states that she and Anderson are sisters.

Cairo’s body was found on April 16 in a field near Holder Road, a dead end road in southeastern Washington County. The young boy’s body was inside a hard-shell suitcase that had “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” printed on it.

“Why did you even have the nerve or the audacity to get rid of it like that?” said Mary Jane Jordan, Cairo’s great-grandmother. “I just want to know what happened. The baby didn’t deserve this. He was nice.

The body of Cairo Ammar Jordan, 5, of Atlanta, Georgia, was found on April 16, 2022 inside this...
The body of Cairo Ammar Jordan, 5, of Atlanta, Georgia, was found April 16, 2022 inside this hard-shell suitcase in a field in Washington County, Indiana.(Indiana State Police)

The probable cause affidavit says cell phone records place the phones belonging to Anderson and Coleman in the Holder Road area for 45 minutes – from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – on the afternoon of April 14, two days before the discovery of Cairo’s body in the suitcase. Video from a home surveillance system obtained by the ISP shows a car appearing at 4:53 p.m. on April 14 and stopping in the area where the suitcase was found.

On June 29, an ISP medical examiner was able to obtain a fingerprint match from two of the trash bags in the suitcase. These engravings belonged to Anderson. Nearly four weeks later, a second fingerprint match was made. this print has been identified as Coleman’s.

Huls said there was very little work for investigators at first because there were no witnesses, no family and the road is not busy. State police received thousands of tips on a hotline dedicated to the case, but Huls said none of the tips led to an association with the case.

Huls said there were no signs of trauma and Cairo’s death was linked to an electrolyte imbalance.

Coleman is being held in San Francisco. She should be sent back to Indiana within the next 30 days.

The Washington County community is thrilled that Cairo has been identified, but says they won’t be fully shut down until they get justice.

“He is still our angel. He always will be. Still. Yeah. We have the shirts and we wear them. And his birthday was a few days ago and he would be six years old. It’s really heartbreaking, but now we know,” said Washington County resident Yvonne Casey.

“Our prayers have been answered. We now know who he is, they have their suspect, they’re going to catch him. And then the rest of our prayers will be answered and he will finally get the justice he deserves,” said Janet Irk, another Washington County resident.

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