Kentwood teen went missing day after defendant notified of rape trial date

Mujey Dumbuya, 16, (at left) was found dead in a Kalamazoo woods three days after her family last saw her. Now, Quinn Anthony James, 42, (at right) is a person of interest in her death. (WWMT/Contributed)

The latest court documents uncovered by Newschannel 3 show Quinn James was notified Jan. 23 that the case against him was moving forward and a trial date had been set.

The next day, Mujey Dumbuya disappeared, her body was found Jan. 28, in the woods in Kalamazoo’s West Douglas neighborhood, roughly 50 miles from her home in Grand Rapids.

Several sources say James is a person of interest in the murder of Dumbuya, who accused him of rape in 2017. That case was set to go to trial in April, court papers show.

Charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, on top of a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years as fourth time, repeat offender, James pleaded not guilty in November and was released on a $100,000 bond.

The conditions of his bond said James had to stay away from drugs, alcohol, firearms, weapons and Dumbuya. He was not allowed to contact Dumbuya, court records show, but James was not required to wear a monitoring device to track his whereabouts.

Court officials told Newschannel 3 that under those conditions, it’s up to the victim or accuse to notify police that a defendant out on bond violated the release agreement.

Another teenage girl told investigators she thought she was going to die during a rape reported to the Kent County Sheriff's Office in 2014.

Like Dumbuya, the 2014 accuser knew and named James as her attacker but James was never charged. Investigators say the Kent County Prosecutor declined to press changes because of a lack of evidence, then James was arrested on charges related to that case last week, nearly four years after the rape was reported.

It’s unclear what changed and why James was arrested, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker told Newschannel 3 Thursday he cannot comment the facts of an ongoing case.

James is now being held on a $500,000 bond at the Kent County Jail on one court of criminal sexual conduct, not related to Dumbuya's murder.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety continues to look for suspects in the homicide investigation as they work to determined what happened in the four days Dumbuya was missing and how she got to Kalamazoo.

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