Authorities investigating Jersey City woman found dead in ‘a shallow grave’ in Kearny


Authorities are investigating an incident where a Jersey City woman was found dead in “a shallow grave” in Kearny yesterday afternoon, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Luz Hernandez. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, the Jersey City Police Department conducted a welfare check on Van Horne Street regarding a missing person’s report, Suarez said in a statement.

The findings resulted in the Jersey City Police Department contacting the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office for assistance.

During the course of the investigation, the homicide unit “located what appeared to be a shallow grave in the area of Central Avenue and Third Street in Kearny.”

The body of a woman was recovered a short time later and she was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:53 p.m.

The death is considered suspicious at this time and the victim has been tentatively identified as Luz Hernandez, 33, of Jersey City. The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hernandez was reported missing on Monday, February 6th. According to her Linked in page, she was a teacher at the BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City since October 2017.

The school was closed today to recognize her passing, an email forward to HCV says.

Furthermore, her Facebook page shows that she was a mother of three children and was most recently a kindergarten teacher.

Hernandez is the second Jersey City teacher that has been found dead in just over three weeks, with Temara King, 35, gunned down by her husband on January 24th.

The HCPO Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department and the Kearny Police Department. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the HCPO at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at:

All information will be kept confidential.


Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information. 

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