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UPDATE: Missing Jersey City Teacher Was Beaten to Death, Dumped in Shallow Grave in Kearny


By: Richard L. Smith 

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez reported that preliminary findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office have ruled the death of a Jersey City woman found deceased in Kearny a Homicide.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, an autopsy performed on Thursday, February 9, 2023, determined Luz Hernandez, 33, died of Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Compressions to the Neck.

Prosecutor Suarez said on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, the Jersey City Police Department conducted a welfare check on Van Horne Street regarding a missing person’s report.

The findings resulted in the Jersey City Police Department contacting the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance.

During the course of the investigation, the Homicide Unit located what appeared to be a shallow grave in the area of Central Avenue and Third Street in Kearny.

Prosecutor Suarez said the body of a female – later identified as Luz Hernandez, 33, of Jersey City – was recovered a short time later and she was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:53 p.m.

Hernandez was reported missing on Monday, February 6, 2023.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department and the Kearny Police Department.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.