Investigation continues into homicide death of Noel Alkaramla

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – NEWS10 ABC has learned new information about the investigation into the homicide of a Troy woman.

New York State Police divers pulled a suitcase containing the body of 21-year-old Noel Alkaramla from the Hudson River on Wednesday. Her stepfather, Johnny Oquendo, has been named a suspect.

According to police, a tipster told investigators to search for a suitcase in the Hudson River. After weeks immersed in icy waters, divers found a suitcase containing Alkaramla’s body near the USS Slater docked in Albany.

Johnny Oquendo (DOCCS)
Johnny Oquendo (DOCCS)

A source with intimate knowledge of the case said Alkaramla’s body was found intact, without any obvious wounds, and she was completely naked.

The source did not say if there was any clear cause of death.

Alkaramla was last seen November 22 when the restaurant hostess was dropped off at her stepfather’s south Troy apartment building by a coworker. He is currently in the Rensselaer County Jail on a parole violation.

Police said Oquendo is a Level 1 sex offender who failed to report to Colonie police he had recently moved to Troy.

“I have no words to express how I feel,” Alkaramla’s mother Debra Napoli said.

From her home in Malone, N.Y., Napoli said she believes her husband should be charged in her daughter’s death.

Oquendo has not been charged with committing the homicide.

Napoli said she is making plans to have her daughter’s body transported to where she lives in Malone, and she plans to have Alkaramla cremated.

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