Aerial view of area where body parts were found in bags strewn on a Bronx street early Tuesday.
A suspect is in custody for the dismemberment of a New York City woman whose body parts were found early Tuesday morning scattered throughout suitcases and plastic bags in a Bronx neighborhood.
Police believe the victim is a 45-year-old woman who has been missing since the weekend, NBCNewYork.com has learned.
The woman’s son, who called police to report her missing Tuesday morning, was being questioned, according to NBCNewYork.com.
A man walking his dog with his 12-year-old son in the neighborhood found a woman’s severed shoulder and two hands in a plastic bag and the rest of the body turned out to be scattered in suitcases and another bag elsewhere in the neighborhood.
The man first thought the bag was full of books, law enforcement officials told NBCNewYork.com. They said he moved to open it but noticed an SUV circling the block, so he took the bag around the corner and then found the body parts.
The man sent his son, who was along for the walk, to call police while the man kept walking the dog. Two blocks later, he found a suitcase and the dog sat next to it, and when the man opened it he found a woman’s torso, wearing a bra, law enforcement officials said.
Police later found a plastic bag with a leg and a foot inside, and nearby another suitcase with a leg and the woman’s head.
Law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York they found an empty box in her apartment that they believe contained a power saw. The apartment also smelled of bleach and was littered with latex gloves.
This story was originally published on Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:02 PM EST