A homicide investigation is spanning two states after a man dismembered his girlfriend.
Police say a man killed his girlfriend in Louisville, dismembered her body, put parts of her in a suitcase. The story doesn’t end there but instead five hours away in Chicago suburb.
Markhum, Illinois police say 30-year-old Melvin Martin Jr. killed his girlfriend in Louisville. Police say he dismembered her body, dumped her torso in a Louisville park, and packed some of her other body parts in a suitcase. Police say Martin got on a Greyhound bus and went to his parents home in Markhum, Illinois.
LMPD says they were able to track the homicide back to the 600 block of N. Hite Avenue in Louisville. LMPD found the torso of the victim around 2 P.M. on Wednesday in a park near where the homicide happened. The victim’s lower half and skull were found along with organs inside the suitcase in Illinois.
Markham, Ill. Police said the suspect’s family picked up the suspect from a bus stop in Chicago. The entire time the suspect had a suitcase filled with body parts taken from a woman. The Markham police Chief says the family says they had no idea what was in the suitcase. His family said he never unpacked or opened the suitcase, but police said a foul odor was leaking from the case. Police were called when a family member opened the suitcase and found the body parts.
Martin told police the entire story after he was caught. He told police he still wanted to be with his girlfriend even after her death.
In Louisville, residents at the The Avenue apartments say they knew something was terribly wrong when LMPD officers were in and out of a building in the 600 Block of Hite Avenue on Tuesday.
“Kind of creepy, kind of creepy,” Danee Fallen who lives off Hite Avenue said. “It leaves an eerie feeling.”
LMPD said a woman living there has been missing. It’s something residents have noticed too.
“I had a feeling something wasn’t right, someone was missing and they hadn’t been seen for a while and the family was concerned,” Fallen said.”
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SOURCE: WAVE3 News, Brett Martin and Maira Ansari