ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The death of a 28-year-old St. Louis man who was reported missing in 2016 has been reclassified as a homicide.
Jerome Baker, of the 5000 block of Enright, was reported missing from his home on May 15, 2016. On October 27, 2016, his skull was found in a vacant building in the 4500 block of Riverview by a utility worker.
On June 15, 2017, the skull was positively identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as belonging to Baker. Baker’s cause of death has not been determined, according to officials.
On June 22, 2017, the St. Louis Police Department said they are investigating Baker’s death as a homicide.
"You robbed us of something precious and I don't know nothing he ever could have did to anybody to make them hurt my child," says Maurnice Baker.
Baker says her first born was all about family. That is what sparked a Six Flags trip on May 15, 2016. Baker says Jerome had planned the outing as a day of family fun with his son and friends. But, when Jerome's friend came to pick him up, he wasn't at his house.
"I knew something was wrong because I talk to Jerome 10 to 20 times a day. I knew off the bat something was not right," says Baker.
Baker says she turned to police for answers.
"For the most part, they were telling me he had just walked off he'd be back. Nothing was really done for five months," she says.
With her son's case now considered a homicide investigation, she has this message for anyone who might know anything on what led up to it.
"If you don't want to tell police tell me. I need to know what happened to my baby. I can't sleep at night, things are playing over and over in my head again," says Baker.
The investigation is ongoing.
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