Acting Passaic County Prosecutor Bruno Mongiardo said Sunday that no external marks were found on the bodies of Janiay Rievas or 21-year-old Juan Mendez. He said that suggests Mendez cradled the girl in his arms before jumping off a bridge into the Passaic River.
The child's body was found there a short time later. Authorities spent several days searching for Mendez before he was discovered in the river Friday.
Mendez was last seen early April 25, when he left a Passaic home with his niece and told relatives to "watch the 6 o'clock news tonight."
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