A man from Noel is facing federal charges after his girlfriend was found dead in a suitcase on Highway 59.
The U.S. Attorney says Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, who’s a Somali national, is charged with kidnapping Jessica McCormack’s 4-year-old daughter.
A woman who once worked with the man at the Tyson plant in Noel told authorities that Mahamed showed up at her house in Iowa with McCormack’s three daughters — ages 4, 2, and six months.
Three days later, he left them all behind with a note saying he couldn’t care for the children.
The two-year-old belongs to Mahamed.
Authorities were able to make contact with the father of the four-year-old, but are still trying to identify. the father of the six-month-old.