Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning said Monday that Josue Ramirez-Marinero’s body has been found, but he provided no details. Authorities have been searching the Elkhorn River on the west side of Omaha since last week.
Authorities say Josue’s brother Robert Martinez-Marinero surrendered to police Thursday and said he’d stabbed his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero.
The 25-year-old man also said he’d thrown Josue in the river and put 11-month-old Angel Ramirez-Marinero in the dumpster.
Angel was found bruised but alive Wednesday in the dumpster in La Vi
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WOWT 6 News spoke with the sister of 45-year-old Jesus Marinero Thursday morning, who said the body found Wednesday night is that of Jesus.
“My sister is dead. No one knows about the boy,” she told the station.
One of Jesus’ sons, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero remains missing. He was last seen being picked up by his mother from a day care at 10th and Martha in Omaha around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Josue’s brother, 11-month-old Angel Ramirez-Marinero, was found okay Wednesday evening in a La Vista dumpster.
Police have yet to confirm the identity of the woman found in the area of South 4th and Cedar streets, just north of Lauritzen Gardens.
Police have confirmed several burgleries occured in the area recently between January and April and a fire believed to have been arson that destroyed the home near South 18th and Dorcas streets on April 22nd.
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According to police, the boy, who is 11-months old, was found by a man who lives at the Alpine Village Apartments. He heard a whimper, almost like a cry, coming from the dumpster. When he looked inside he found the boy.
“Very disturbing, very upsetting and I couldn’t believe what I saw,” the man, who didn’t want to be identified, added.
According to WOWTEmily Winkle was one of the few people to see the boy before police whisked him away to the Omaha Children’s Hospital. Her boyfriend helped the man who found the child get the boy out of the dumpster and to safety.
Speaking of the child, Winkle said:
“It was fine and just happy someone was holding it.”
“I just can’t believe that someone can do that, just discard a baby like it’s a piece of trash,”
According to police, the child was covered in lint and was without clothes other than his soiled diaper. Despite that, the boy was in relatively good health. Aside from scrapes and bruises on his back, he was doing okay.
On Wednesday evening, the body of a woman believed to be the infant’s mother was found in a ditch north of Lauritzen Gardens, though authorities have not yet made a positive ID on the body, KETV reports. Police have issued an Amber Alert for the infant’s older brother, who’s been identified as 5-year-old Josue Ramirez, according to a report from the AP.
The La Vista Police Chief told dBTechno he is hoping to have an update by 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
As for the people who live nearby, they’re still shocked at what they saw.
“I just can’t believe that someone can do that, just discard a baby like it’s a piece of trash,” said Winkle.
Police have not said whether the parents have been located at this time. They’ve only stated that the child was identified.