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A man has been arrested after a woman’s dismembered body parts were discovered in pieces of his luggage, police have alleged.
The man, Melvin Martin Jr, had taken a five hour bus trip from Louisville in Kentucky to Chicago, Illinois, to visit family.
However his relatives became suspicious when Mr Martin became protective of his bags, according to WDRB. When he left to take a trip to the library on Tuesday, his family members made the horrific discovery, police said.
Local outlets reported Markham Police spent Tuesday at the home in Markham.
The Markham Police Chief, Terry White, said Mr Martin had transported body parts of his girlfriend, 31, from the Greyhound bus station in Louisville Kentucky to downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Chief Martin said Mr Martin had told officers he wanted to still “be with her”.
“He indicated that, as grotesque as it might sound, he still wanted to be with her. At least part of her,” Chief White said.
Louisville based news anchor Fallon Glick called the case “disturbing”.
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According to CBS Chicago, Mr White had been in the state for “several days” before the gruesome discovery was made, but wouldn’t unpack his bags. He’d reportedly made the bus trip with “two or three” separate pieces of heavy luggage.
“There were some early reports of foul odour coming from the bags,” Chief White said.
Louisville Police haven’t confirmed the body parts in the suitcases are linked to a crime they believe occurred in Kentucky — however reports said the evidence could be linked to a woman who was reported missing in Louisville last week.
Louisville Metro Police also confirmed they’ve since discovered a homicide scene in the Clifton Heights neighbourhood, after receiving a tip from the Markham Police Department.
Mr Martin was arrested at the library, according to Markham Police Chief White, who said the accused was “remorseful”.