Juan Mendez


Age: 21


Summary: suspected child killer who was believed to be the prime suspect in the disappearance and death of his 3-year-old niece Janiya Rivas when she was last seen on April 25, 2009 and whose body was later found beneath a bridge over the Passaic River later that day, in which investigators said he was on a drug binge when he snatched the little girl from her home and told relatives to "watch the 6 o'clock news tonight", just hours after police launched a seven-day manhunt.



Cause of Death: Suicide by drowning


Born: March 8, 1988


Died: May 1, 2009


Location: Passaic, New Jersey