Det. Robert 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.
Conrado Juarez’s lawyer contested the alleged admission to killing the 4-year-old girl long known only as “Baby Hope.”
Anjelica Castillo’s body was found stuffed in a cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway on July 23, 1991.
Conrado Juarez, 52, of the Bronx waived his appearance before a judge Tuesday.
Margarita Castillo was silent for 22 years while her 4-year-old daughter’s gravestone stood unmarked, and on Tuesday, she said fear kept her from reporting her daughter was missing.
The mother of the little girl known as “Baby Hope,” whose real identity was discovered last week after 22 years, spoke out for the first time Monday.
Twenty-two years after the long-unsolved murder of a 4-year-old girl whose identity had remained a mystery ever since, Baby Hope’s real name has been placed on her tombstone.