Somali National Charged with Kidnapping Child of Woman Found Stuffed in Suitcase

A Somali national living in Noel, Missouri has been charged in federal court with kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in McDonald County.

Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, 37, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Springfield U.S. District Court Tuesday.

Mahamed is not in federal custody and is considered a fugitive from justice.

According to affidavits filed with the criminal complaint, the last time Jessica McCormack, 25, was last seen alive when law enforcement was called to her home on July 16, 2019. Mahamed was in the home along with McCormack’s three daughters and was described as her “paramour.”

After McCormack was discovered stuffed in a suitcase, an Amber Alert was issued for her children, and they were found at a home in Des Moines, Iowa. Investigators say Mahamed showed up at the Des Moines home of a woman he worked with at a Tyson plant in Noel, Missouri on August 5, 2019 with the children. On August 8, the day officials found the children and took them into custody, the woman discovered Mahamed had left leaving behind a note he could not care for the children.

The middle child is Mahamed’s biological daughter. The father of the first child confirmed he did not give permission for Mahamed to take the child outside of the state of Missouri. The government has not been able to determine the father of McCormack’s third child.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed is urged to immediately call their local law enforcement agency.

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