Police boost patrols at Jersey City park following womans slaying – News 12 New Jersey

Police boost patrols at Jersey City park following woman\s slaying - News 12 New Jersey
Murder at Jersey City park spurs heavy police presence, calls for more cameras
Police have increased their presence at a park in Jersey City following the slaying of a woman out jogging last weekend.

Extra officers were seen on patrol in Lincoln Park Saturday. Officials say the some of the law enforcement presence was planned to coincide with warmer weather.

Carolina Cano, 45, was discovered in a lake in the park around 7:30 a.m. last Sunday. Cano was an immigrant from Peru who worked as a live-in nanny.

Her friends say she would stay in Jersey City during the weekend and would go on a jog before attending church services.

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The fire department retrieved Canos body, which was quickly identified. Officials believe she was strangled.

Freeholder William ODea is planning a community meeting for Tuesday evening to talk about security in the park. Mayor Steven Fulop is expected to join him.

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JERSEY CITY — The shocking murder of a jogger whose body was found in the lake in Lincoln Park has frightened the community, jolted county officials to increase surveillance and triggered an increase in patrols by law enforcement.

Im worried — oh my God, said a woman who gave her name only as Marina, as she shopped in a West Side Avenue bodega near the home of the victim, Carolina Cano, 45, of Gautier Avenue.

Marina, 67, also lives blocks from the park. She said It scares me. It seems like theres no place in the world that is safe.

Investigators believe Cano, who is from Peru, was attacked while jogging early Sunday. She was unclothed from the waist down, but it has not yet been determined if Cano was sexually assaulted during the fatal attack, a Prosecutors Office representative told Hudson County freeholders Thursday night.

Hudson County Freeholder Bill ODea said Friday that it was also revealed at the freeholders public safety meeting that Cano had suffered internal injuries. The state Regional Medical Examiners Office is conducting further investigation.

The freeholder said there are many closed-circuit TV cameras in the park, but none are trained on the lake. He said that at the next freehold meeting a vote is expected on placing five more security cameras in the park, dedicated to surveillance of the lake and area around it. It is expected to pass.

A spokesman for the Hudson County Sheriffs Office said patrols in the county park are being stepped up to the levels the department usually reserves for the summer months when the park is much more crowded.

Law enforcement vehicles were conspicuous in the park Friday, but there are also civilians in the park who have had some security training and act as the eyes and ears of the sheriffs office by reporting suspicious activity. Its expected that more will be added.

For something like that to happen, you are kind of at a loss for words,” said the freeholder, whose South Hudson Civic Association hosts a number of events in the park every year. “You dont expect things like that to happen in that park.

While walking in the park Friday afternoon, Jamal Shariff said of the murder that Its sad and it makes me worry. I run here in the summer. My sisters come here too. I come here at night in the summer and sometimes it worries me a little, but theres always cops around.

An informal group has scheduled a meeting in the park at 5:30 p.m. Friday to allow people to express their sadness, anger and other feelings. Those attending are asked to meet at the Casino in the Park building.

Carolan said that if someone who knew Cano attends, others would love to hear about Canos life. She said participants were also to discuss what to do as a community to ensure Canos memory lives on in her neighborhood.

The homicide has spurred ODea, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez and Jersey City Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey to hold a community meeting in the parks Gallo Center Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A captain from the Jersey City Police Department will also attend.

The meeting is aimed at providing the most up-to-date information on Sundays homicide, Prinz-Arey said Friday. She said residents will be able to ask questions and make comments and the councilwoman hopes it will give residents some comfort.

Some safety tips for park-goers include not wearing ear buds in both ears, because it will prevent you from hearing what is happening around you, or realizing that someone may be approaching you. Park-goers should also avoid dark areas of the park and avoid being alone in the park when its dark.

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