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Detective Who Cracked ‘Baby Hope’ Cold Case Promoted

Det. Robert Dewhurst Has Been Promoted To Detective Second Grade
Baby Hope Headstone

The real name of Baby Hope — Anjelica Castillo — has been added to her headstone at last. Baby Hope was killed in 1991. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A New York City police detective has been promoted for his work to help crack the “Baby Hope” murder case.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, years of hard work paid off for Det. Robert Dewhurst, who was promoted to Detective Second Grade on Monday.

The child, eventually revealed to be Anjelica Castillo, was found in a cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway back in 1991.

Dewhurst worked the case for years after inheriting it from his partner.

“Resolute. He didn’t give up,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Det. Dewhurst said it was a phone call to the NYPD TIPS line this summer on the 22nd anniversary that led them to crack the case.

“To the best of my knowledge, I don’t think there were any other leads and this was pretty exciting,” said Dewhurst.

Dewhurst helped track down and arrest the girl’s cousin, Conrado Juarez.

The promoted detective said it’s a good feeling when hard work pays off.

“It means a lot to me. It’s a nice thing, a long time coming and I’m real happy. I hoped to be promoted,” said Dewhurst.

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