A 16-year-old girl found murdered and left in a wooded area of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was prepared to testify in a rape trial in April, and now the man she was going to testify against is reportedly a person of interest in her death.
Mujey Dumbuya’s body was discovered by a couple taking a stroll on Sunday, January 28, according to WWMT. The teen, who is from Grand Rapids, had gone missing three days earlier.
Immediately, the death was called suspicious by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety investigators. According to WWMT, multiple sources have stated that Quinn Anthony James is a person of interest in Dumbuya’s death. He is the same man whom she accused of raping her multiple times since she was 15.
James, 42, reportedly worked for Dumbuya's school system until the rape allegations emerged in November, WOODTV reported. He was arrested and charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. James was ordered to stay away from the teen, who was scheduled to testify against him in April.
Authorities arrested James again on February 1 in connection with a 2014 rape accusation from another teen girl, WWMT reported. He’s being held on a $500,000 bond for that charge of criminal sexual conduct. It is unclear if James has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
"We are heartbroken, devastated and overwhelmed with grief over the death of our beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin," the teen’s family said in a statement. "Mujey was a generous, energetic young woman with a radiant smile and an adventurous spirit. Mujey was a very good student who loved school. She had a close circle of friends, and was loved by everyone that knew her. Mujey loved music and dancing. She took classes in dance, martial arts and archery. Mujey was looking forward to graduating from high school next year. She wanted to be a police officer to help fight against social injustice, including racism."
Online Michigan State Police records reveal that James has a lengthy and violent criminal history dating back to 1991. Anyone with information about where Dumbuya was between the time she was reported missing and when her body was found can call KDPS at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.