Missing NJ kindergarten teacher Luz Hernandez’s death ruled homicide


The death of a missing New Jersey kindergarten teacher whose body was found in a shallow grave Tuesday was ruled a homicide by prosecutors Thursday. 

Luz Hernandez,33, was reported missing Monday. Hudson County, New Jersey Prosecutor Esther Suarez confirmed on Friday that one man has been arrested in connection with her death, and an arrest warrant has been issued for another. 

Authorities discovered her buried body in Kearny, New Jersey Tuesday just miles from her Jersey City home. An autopsy conducted by the medical examiner’s office Thursday found Hernandez died from blows to the head and strangulation, Suarez said in a news release. 

Cesar Santana, 36, and Leiner Miranda Lopez, 26, both from Jersey City, have each been charged with one count of desecrating/concealing human remains, Suarez’s office confirmed. 


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