Crime

A Cold Case of Murder Finally Solved By New York Detectives

Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience. During his more than 33 year career with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, traffic and other public safety operations. He was a chief in the NYPD for more than 12 years, and during March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as chief of detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. It was during Phil Pulaski’s tenure as chief of detectives that the Baby Hope murder cold case was finally solved, 22 years after the crime was committed. As reported in the Guardian in 2013, Conrado Juarez confessed to smothering his 4-year-old cousin Angelica Castillo (Baby Hope) with a pillow.

When Angelica Castillo’s body was found in July 1991 on the Henry Hudson Parkway in a picnic cooler bound in twine, there was no way of identifying her. A breakthrough arose when a tipster overheard a conversation in a laundromat involving a woman whose baby sister went missing. This ultimately led to the victim being identified as a member of the Castillo family through DNA analysis.

Though they knew who the murderer was, the family of undocumented immigrants feared potential deportation if they went to the police. Juarez received assistance from his sister and went without being apprehended for more than two decades. However, NYPD Detectives never gave up in their search for the killer. Finally identified through exhaustive police work, Juarez was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in 2013.

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