Police identify dismembered bodies in trash bags dumped on street

By Calvin Palmer

The identity of a man and woman whose dismembered body parts were found stuffed in trash bags dumped on a New Jersey residential street has been established by police.

The names are being withheld until family members have been notified.

Prosecutor Theodore Romankow has said that an autopsy showed one of the victims was a Hispanic male between 30 and 35 years old.

Investigators still don’t know how long the pair had been dead or why they were dumped in Linden, about 20 miles outside Manhattan.

The trash bags sat on the street for days, near the corner of Cranford and Essex avenues, in the working-class neighborhood, until someone complained about illegal dumping.

City workers had to contend with swarming flies to open the bags and make the grim discovery.

“It was obviously a gruesome find, especially for our officers,” Linden Police Chief Michael Boyle said.

Resident Carol Thomas-Garretson was the person who notified the authorities after she started noticing the flies.

She said she spotted the bags by the curb by the side of her house on Thursday morning. When the normal garbage pick-up was suspended for Good Friday, Thomas-Garretson said she had planned to wait for Tuesday trash pick-up, but the flies were intense.

City officials said they received a call at 9:40 a.m. yesterday from a resident complaining about the trash bags. A sanitation worker accompanied by police discovered the body parts as he looked in the bags for any mail or items that might identify the dumpers.

Police believe the victims may have been killed elsewhere and then dumped in Linden. The site where the bags were dumped is near a creek and two small municipal parks, about a mile from Route 1 and  Route 9.

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and The Star-Ledger.]

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