ISP: Mother of ‘boy in the suitcase’ arrested in California, charged with murder

Indiana State Police say an unidentified child was found dead in this hard-shell suitcase in a rural area of Washington County. Photo provided

SELLERSBURG — Detectives with the Indiana State Police announced the arrest of Dejaune Anderson, mother of Cairo Jordan, in connection with murder investigation that involved the discovery of Jordan’s body in a suitcase in rural Washington County.

On Thursday, U.S. Marshals located and arrested Dejuane L. Anderson in Arcadia, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, state police said.  Authorities arrested Anderson on a warrant out of Washington County.  The warrant, issued in October of 2022, listed the charges as murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death (Level 1 felony), and obstruction of justice (Level 6 felony).

Earlier in the week, Indiana State Police (ISP) detective Matt Busick in Sellersburg received information from a concerned citizen, which led to physically locating Anderson in California.  ISP Detectives then worked with U.S. Marshals in California, who were able to identify and arrest Anderson as she attempted to board a public transit train.

Detectives from the Sellersburg post are enroute to California to continue the investigation.

This investigation began in April of 2022 when a man hunting for mushrooms located a suitcase in a heavily wooded area in rural Washington County.   The suitcase contained the body of 5-year-old Cairo Jordan, who was unidentified at the time of the discovery.

Jordan’s body was found in April 2022 by a passerby who was mushroom hunting. An area resident found the body of a black male child near a roadway in a heavily wooded area of eastern Washington County. The resident immediately called 911 and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded. Detectives with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg were then called to investigate.