Badly decomposed body makes cause of death of 23-year old Pennsylvania mother impossible to determine (photos, video)
CAMDEN, N.J — ‘Undetermined’ is the ruling on the cause of death for Jenna Lord. The body of Jenna Lord, the 23-year old mother who was missing for two weeks, has now been discovered in an empty, overgrown lot in Camden, New Jersey.
Jenna Lord had gone missing on July 5th after attending a family barbecue.
The cause of death, however, is ‘Undetermined’ because the body was so badly decomposed.
An autopsy was not able to conclude what killed Lord because her body had rapidly decomposed in the heat and weather conditions, said the Camden County Prosecutor, reports NBC Philadelphia.
The last known communication from Jenna was when she made a phone call from a train station platform to say she was heading for home after she had been at a barbecue on 4th of July.
Lord’s body was found after about 40 of her family members started to look for her. They had considered they could do a better job than the police and had found the police unhelpful.
The family claimed that police in Camden, Collingdale, Pa., and Collingswood, N.J., had been hesitant to look for Lord because she had had a rough past life.
On discovering Lord’s body, Jenna’s uncle said: “The second I came to this lot, it was like a very strong feeling. I don’t know how to explain it. I walked straight to her. She was on her back. The smell wasn’t even that strong. . . . I’ve been praying. Maybe God led me to this spot,” said Ariel Morales.
The body, once it was found, was unmistakably Lord’s.
“I was in denial for the first two seconds or first two minutes,” Morales told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I was really hoping it was somebody else.” Morales could not deny that it was his niece’s body once he saw the Mickey Mouse tattoo on her arm.
Desiree Caruso, mother of Jenna Lord, told CBS news that her daughter had borrowed a stranger’s cell phone when her own phone died at the Camden PATCO train station. The stranger had helped buy her daughter a ticket but left when his own train arrived.
Caruso missed the call, she told CBS, but she did talk with the stranger who had helped her daughter.
The stranger told Caruso that her daughter looked “a little scared” but that a second man had appeared and said he would take care of making sure Jenna Lord was put on the correct train.
Jenna Lord never made it to the second train.
Lord had had a troubled past, having been arrested in 2006 for possession of marijuana, reports CNN. Lord was arrested on assault charges earlier in 2010, according to Delaware County court records.
Caruso pointed out, however, that Lord had been clean for six months, and that her daughter had been reading her Bible every day. She wanted to be the best mom she could be to her 3-year-old son.
A surveillance tape from the train station on the day on which Lord disappeared reveals two men standing behind her and talking to her. Lord’s family believe those two men are connected with her death.
Kimmy McArdle, Jenna Lord’s aunt, said the family was “devastated” by the outcome. “We just didn’t want to believe it,” she told NBC Philadelphia.
Residents said the lot where Jenna Lord was found is a well-known area for prostitutes and drug addicts.
The cause of Jenna Lord’s death is unlikely to ever be known, says CNN.
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