Just months before a Michigan teen was set to testify against her alleged rapist, her dead body was found in the woods.
Mujey Dumbuya, 16, attended East Kentwood High School in Kalamazoo, yet she was reported missing on Jan.25 by her family. Three days later on Jan. 28, a couple walking in the West Douglas neighborhood stumbled upon Dumbuya’s body, reported Newschannel 3.
Her body was officially identified on the Jan. 30.
Quinn Anthony James, 42, is the defendant standing trial for Dumbuya’s rape and police believe he is a person of interest in her recent death.
According to court records, James, 42, was scheduled to be tried as a habitual offender and was ordered to away from Dumbuya.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety investigators called Dumbuya's death suspicious and are working to determine her cause of death. Although they cannot comment on the ongoing investigation, they believe her killing may be linked to her rape.
Dumbuya told police she was raped multiple times by James in various locations, starting when she was only 15-years-old. According to police, Dumbuya said, her attacker told her: "There is something about you. I could stop, but I just can't."
When James was first arrested in November, he admitted that he had sex with the teenage girl inside his car parked. James told investigators the sex was consensual, according to court papers.
Before the allegations were reported, James was working for the Kentwood Public Schools. Last week, he was arrested for a second rape case, which was reported by a teenage girl in 2014.
James is now at the Kent County jail being held on a $500,000 bond on one count of criminal sexual conduct in an unrelated case.
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