People noticed the 5-year-old girl wandering alone in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan Monday morning. A uniformed Port Authority police officer asked here where her parents were. She said her father had brought her to the bus depot hours earlier and said, “Wait here,” before disappearing. Despite her age and the fact that she speaks very little English, officials said she was “very articulate,” and was able to tell them where she lived in Stamford, Connecticut. When local police went there to investigate they found the dead body of the girl’s mother.
Police are now looking for the girl’s father, Elmer Gomez Ruono, 32. He was seen on surveillance cameras bringing the girl to the Port Authority, and leaving her there. They also fear he may be responsible for the death of the girl’s mother, though as of yet, the woman’s death has not been officially ruled a homicide, nor has she been identified.
The girl’s parents had recently separated. The child and her mother, a 30-year-old Guatemalan national, moved from Flemington, NJ to Stamford just days ago. They celebrated the move with a party at their new home Sunday night. At some point after guests left, there was a struggle, and the mother was killed. Despite the trauma of what she has endured, police report the girl is in good health. They also suspect she may have witnessed her mother’s death. Anyone with information on the girl’s father is being asked to call the Stamford Police at 203-977-4421.
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