Police Confirm Victim ID in Alleged Joppa Cannibalism
Kujoe Agyei-Kodie's roommate has admitted to his murder.
Police have confirmed the identity of the victim in the alleged cannibalism murder that shocked the Joppa community this week.
The human remains found in two locations along Trimble Road in Joppa on Wednesday were identified as those of Kujoe Agyei-Kodie, according to a statement from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Agyei-Kodie's roomate, Alexander Kinyua is the only individual to have been charged in connection with the death. Kinyua, 21, admitted to police that he killed Agyei-Kodie, 37, before eating parts of his heart and brain, according to charging documents.
Police located a relative of Agyei-Kodie in the United States before confirming his identity.
Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said he thinks residents are in shock.
"Harford County is a quiet county with a very low crime rate," he said in a statement. "We have the fifth lowest crime rate in the state and we would never believe that anything like this could happen in our community. We are concerned for the residents in the Joppa community and have taken steps to assure them that they are not at risk. Our detectives and deputies worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful conclusion and remove the suspect from the community as quickly as possible. We are hoping things will return to normal sooner rather than later and that we can put this horrible and tragic incident behind us."
As of 8:30 p.m. Friday, the investigation was ongoing.
The sheriff's office released a statement Monday saying Agyei-Kodie was missing. He was last seen Friday at the home he shared with Kinyua and Kinyua's family on Terrapin Terrace in Joppa.
Kinyua's family reported the presence of body parts to authorities Tuesday. Police discovered parts in two locations—the home, and a dumpster at a nearby church on Trimble Road—revealing the details on Wednesday.