2003-05-22 / Other News

Canarsie Coed’s Murder Suspect Identified By Cops

By Charles Rogers
Canarsie Coed’s Murder Suspect Identified By Cops By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Kayson Pearson — Wanted in connection with murder case.Kayson Pearson — Wanted in connection with murder case.

Police have released a photo of a man wanted in connection with the brutal murder of a Canarsie college student whose decomposed body was found dumped near a burned-out house on Kings Highway last week.

A photo of Kayson Pearson, 21, whose last known address was Ralph Avenue near the home of the victim, Ramona Moore, 19, of Remsen Avenue was issued by officials investigating the case. Naming him a suspect, they said he is still being sought and asked for the help of the public in finding him.

Moore, a Hunter College student, had been missing from her home since late in April when, on May 10 her mother received an anonymous phone call directing her to go to the Kings Highway address, an abandoned private home near East 57 Street that had sustained a fire recently.

The girl’s mother called police when she received the call and, when searching behind the house, they found her naked body wrapped in blanket. According to Police Officer Jennara Verleth, an NYPD spokesperson, Moore had apparently been beaten to death. Sources said it appeared she was tortured, brutally beaten around the head and chest and raped over several days.

Verleth confirmed reports that investigators were checking modes of operation of some suspects who had been in jail on charges similar to those in this case. She also confirmed reports that Pearson had been previously arrested on assault and burglary charges.

According to an AP report, police this week officially declared Pearson a suspect.

Pearson is approximately five-feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 160 lbs. Anyone with information is asked to call the 67th Precinct at 718-287-3211 or (800) 577-TIPS. A $2,000 reward is being offered.

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