Tessa Majors

Key witness, possible suspects no longer cooperating with Tessa Majors murder investigation as police seek the killer: Report

One of the teens believed to be involved in the murder of Tessa Majors and a family member of a 14-year-old boy who has evaded authorities for a week after he reportedly jumped out of a car on his way to speak to police are no longer cooperating with the investigation, according to a new report.

CBS New York reports that law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in tracking down the teen boy implicated as the killer of 18-year-old Tessa Majors, who died nearly two weeks ago after she was stabbed repeatedly in Morningside Park in Upper Manhattan. As CrimeOnline previously reported, the NYPD has a 13-year-old suspect in custody who has been charged in connection to the Barnard freshman’s murder. That teen, who is being tried in family court, reportedly told police that he encountered Majors in the park with two other teens on December 11, but had nothing to do with stabbing her. The suspect reportedly said that a 14-year-old boy in the group is the one who inflicted the fatal injuries.

The NYPD has not named that 14-year-old boy but released his photos last week after police appeared to have lost track of him. According to multiple reports, the boy was in a car with a relative on his way to meet with police last Monday when he got out of the car and fled. According to the CBS New York report, the family member who was in the car with him is no longer cooperating with the investigation.

“We’re looking for one more individual and the investigation is still ongoing… They are working tirelessly,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said, according to the news outlet.

Two days after the murder, police took another teen boy into custody but released him without charges. CBS New York reports that he, too, is no longer cooperating with the investigation. He has not been identified.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish.  Anonymous tips can be shared through the Crime Stoppers website, by tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting 274637.

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