Murder charges filed in death of beloved Jersey City teacher found buried in shallow grave

The Hudson County prosecutor says murder charges have been filed in the death of Luz Hernandez, a Jersey City teacher whose body was found in Kearny on Feb. 7.

News 12 Staff

Feb 22, 2023, 5:33 PM

Updated 511 days ago

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Murder charges have been filed in the death of a Jersey City teacher found in Kearny on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The Hudson County prosecutor says additional charges have been filed against a 36-year-old man in the death of Luz Hernandez, 33, of Jersey City.
Prosecutors say Cesar Santana is now facing charges of first-degree murder. Santana allegedly strangled Hernandez at her Jersey City apartment. 
Prosecutors say he and another man, Leiner Miranda Lopez, disposed of Hernandez’s body in a shallow grave in Kearny. Prosecutors say the two men became persons of interest after they were pulled over as part of a traffic stop in Kearny on Sunday, Feb. 5, a day before Hernandez was reported missing.
Cesar Santana was arrested at a motel in Miami, Florida, on Friday, Feb. 10, and was previously charged with desecrating/concealing human remains.
Leiner Miranda Lopez, 26, of Jersey City, has been charged with desecrating/concealing human remains. Lopez has not been found.
Anyone with information can contact the Hudson County prosecutor’s office at 201-915-1345.


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