NEW YORK (CBSnewYork) – CBS2 has learned that a man arrested for allegedly ambushing a woman on her way to a prayer meeting is now a person of interest in the death of another woman.

The NYPD put out an alert on a missing 69-year-old Staten Island woman 10 days ago.

Chopper 2 was over the scene where police found the corpse on Van Duzer Street.

Johynita Jordan was last seen on Friday, Jan. 18. Police sources say officers responded to a 911 call at noon on Sunday.

Johynita Jordan (Credit: CBS2)

They believe the body, found on the second floor of the vacant building, is the missing woman.

Police now want to talk to 31-year-old Linden Beaton; calling him a “person of interest.”

Beaton, a registered sex offender, was arrested this past Friday in connection with the brutal beating of 57-year-old Beatrice Kaliku while she was on her way to an all-night prayer meeting at a friend’s apartment on Jan. 5.

Beatrice Kaliku (Credit: CBS2/Tryphena Kaliku)

Kaliku told CBS2 that, initially, police didn’t file a statement from her and the case was closed. Kaliku claims she had to fight to re-open the case.

“It took me a lot going back and forth cause like I said they first closed the case out… Once I showed the officer at the precinct this is not something I feel should be swept under the rug this is what happened to my mom she kept in contact with me. Then the following week the detective reached out and we met up and everything has been flowing smoothly with the case,” Kaliku’s daughter explained.

The NYPD said a civilian employee and a supervisor who didn’t catch the error have been disciplined for closing the case.

The vicious attack took place nearly two weeks before Jordan went missing.

The cause of death has yet to be announced by the medical examiner and no one has been charged at this point.


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