A man visiting relatives has been arrested after a woman’s remains were found in several bags of luggage he carried throughout a five-hour bus ride.
Police said Melvin Martin J, 30, was being charged as a fugitive fleeing prosecution after his journey from Kentucky to suburban Chicago, and faces an extradition hearing back to Kentucky, WLS-TV reported.
Martin caught a Greyhound bus from Louisville to Chicago over the past few days and was picked up there by relatives who took him to their home in Markham, about 37 kilometres south of Chicago, police said.
Police Chief Terry White told WBBM-TV that he “brought with him luggage — two, three bags.”
“There were some early reports of a foul odour coming from the bags,” Mr White said.
Relatives told investigators that he kept asking for clothing, but never opened the bags.
While the man was at a public library on Tuesday (local time), a relative opened one of the bags and found the body parts.
Police later found the woman's head and other remains in the other bags.
The victim, reportedly his 31-year-old girlfriend, was from Louisville and her death resulted from a domestic assault, according to police.
They said her body was dismembered at least a month ago.
Police were given the location of other body parts belonging to the woman which were found Wednesday (local time) in a Louisville park.
The name of the dismembered woman was not immediately released to allow authorities to notify her next of kin.
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