FBI searches murder victim’s apartment in Noel
NOEL, Mo. — The FBI is searching an apartment in Noel, Missouri where Jessica McCormack lived. The 25-year-old was found dead in July.
Authorities have charged Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, 37, for allegedly kidnapping McCormack’s daughter. He’s now a fugitive.
The FBI is searching an upstairs apartment at 229 Main St in Noel, Missouri, according to the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office. KOAM is on scene and will have updates as they become available.
The body of Jessica McCormack was found on July 29th, 2019 near Missouri Highway 59 in McDonald County. The last time McCormack was seen alive, according to the affidavit, was when law enforcement officers responded to a call at her home on July 16, 2019.
Also present in the residence were Mahamed and McCormack’s three daughters, identified in court documents as Jane Doe 1 (four years old), Jane Doe 2 (two years old), and Jane Doe 3 (six months old). Jane Doe 2 is Mahamed’s daughter.
The affidavit states that McCormack was in a relationship with Mahamed.
McCormack’s children could not be located after her body was discovered and identified. An Amber Alert was issued for McCormack’s three children, who were located at a residence in Des Moines, Iowa, and taken into state custody on Aug. 8, 2019. According to the affidavit, a woman who formerly worked with Mahamed at the Tyson plant in Noel told law enforcement officers that Mahamed arrived at her Des Moines residence with the children on Aug. 5, 2019. She discovered he had left on Aug. 8, 2019, the affidavit says, when she found a note from Mahamed informing her that he could not care for the children.
Investigators confirmed with the father of McCormack’s oldest child that Mahamed did not have his consent to take Jane Doe 1 outside the state of Missouri. The biological father of Jane Doe 3 cannot be positively identified at this time.
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