Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, during the early morning hours, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force arrested Jorge Rios, age 33, of Jersey City, for the murder of Carolina Cano.
Rios has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3; Felony Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3; Kidnapping in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-13-1; and Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2. He was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny following his arrest.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Homicide Unit for the investigation and arrest as well as the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for assisting with the investigation.
On Sunday, March 24, 2019, shortly after 7:30 a.m., the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible body found in Lincoln Park in Jersey City. Responding Hudson County Sheriff’s Officers found the body of a female victim in the lake in Lincoln Park and members of the Jersey
City Fire Department assisted in recovering her body. The female, later identified as Carolina Cano, age 45, of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be homicidal violence including strangulation and water submersion and the manner of death to be homicide.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).