A New Jersey man was arrested Sunday in the death of a nanny who was found slain in a park near where she lived after going for a jog last week, prosecutors said.
Jorge Rios, 33, was arrested Sunday in the murder of Carolina Cano, whose body was dumped in a lake at Jersey City’s Lincoln Park, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced in a news release.
Rios, who also lived in Jersey City, was charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. Further details about his arrest were not released.
Cano apparently was jogging near her home last Sunday when she was killed. Her body was retrieved from a lake in the park with strangulation marks on her neck around 7:30 a.m., authorities later said.
The 45-year-old nanny went for a jog about 5:30 a.m. last Sunday and never returned home, Cano’s roommate told NBC New York. By 7:30 a.m., authorities found Cano’s body in the park’s lake, not far from where she lived, and she was pronounced dead two hours later.
"She was a working woman, a good woman," her roommate told the news station. "She didn’t bother anyone. She was a woman that was always with God, that’s how she lived. She was really a beautiful woman. She had a very beautiful heart."
The medical examiner discovered marks around Cano’s neck that indicated she was strangled, sources told NBC New York.
The roommate said Cano was from Peru and lived in her Jersey City apartment for two years prior to her death.
"It has affected us so much because it happened so suddenly," Cano’s roommate said. "It didn't happen because she was sick, it happened from one moment to the next."
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Jersey City man was charged with murder Sunday, one week after his alleged victim’s body was pulled from a lake at Lincoln Park.
Jorge Rios, 33, was also charged with sexual assault and kidnapping in the death of 45-year-old Carolina Cano. Police said she’d been strangled and held under the water.
Jorge Rios faces murder, kidnapping and sexual assault charges in the death of Carolina Cano in Jersey City. (Credit: Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office)
Cano had been out for an early morning run in the park when authorities allege Rios took her life. Her roommates and friends described the victim as a kind, spiritual, church-going woman who came here from Lima, Peru, and worked as a nanny for a family in Paterson, CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported.
“I … I … I can’t even imagine what her family and friends are going through,” Martinez said.
“That’s devastating for her. … It’s a devastating loss,” runner Amy Jacobs added.
Friends of Cano said they didn’t recognize Rios as anyone she knew when they saw his photo. Police did not provide any more information about the motive behind the murder.