5-Year-Old Found Alone in New York City Leads Police to Mother’s Body

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Police are looking for the father of a 5-year-old found abandoned in New York City after the girl led investigators to her mother's body.

Around 10 a.m. on Monday, police found the girl wandering alone through Manhattan's bustling Port Authority Bus Terminal, Stamford Police Captain Richard Conklin told WTIC.

When police interviewed the little girl, she said her father, Elmer Gomez Ruono, left her alone at the terminal. Then, she led police to her home on Courtland Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut. New York police called Stamford authorities, who went to the home and found a dead woman, who police say was the little girl's mother.

The death of the woman, a Guatemalan citizen in her 30s, is being investigated as a homicide due to signs of a struggle. An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday.


Elmer Gomez Ruono

Apparently, the family had moved into the house Sunday from New Jersey.

Now, police want to speak to Ruono, who is described as 32, about 5-foot-8, 140 pounds with long black hair, a medium build and a medium complexion. If you see him, please call police at 203-589-3546. They want to question him about the girl's abandonment and about her mother's death, though they stopped short of  calling him a suspect.

Stamford police intend to interview the girl this week, but with no guardian to grant permission, it may take time.

As a previous resident of New Jersey who was found in New York, authorities are trying to determine if she would become a ward of either state.

Stamford Police are attempting to have her named as a ward of Connecticut so that they can bring her to Connecticut to speak with her.


  • L

    We have an Illegal Problem, and now the girl should be taken back to Guatemala where they should go find her family now that her mother is dead. Im sure she has some relatives still living there. Our Country should not be accountable for funding this little girls life when so many of our own U.S. Citizens suffer in the Foster System.

  • ?

    How heartbreaking! As a 5 year old, her willingness and ability to provide the information she did to the police and to lead them to her home is amazing and admirable. I’m so happy that this little one trusted a police officer when it was needed. More often than not, children are provided this “bad guy” portrayal of the police because they “arrest people and take mommies and daddies from their children” which would have hindered the furthering of this investigation had this sweet little one been not so cooperative! I’m hoping this little one gets the opportunity to have a beautiful future provided to her.

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