A Kentucky man was arrested after taking a five-hour bus ride to visit his parents in Illinois — with suitcases stuffed with body parts of a woman believed to be his girlfriend, police said.
Melvin Martin Jr. recently hopped on a Greyhound bus in Louisville, Kentucky, with the luggage and headed to downtown Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Martin Jr.’s parents then took him — and, unwittingly, the bags concealing the dismembered body — to their home in Markham.
“That’s even more crazy — traveling body parts,” David Scott, who lives across the street, told CBS Chicago. “You see stuff like this on TV.”
The kin soon grew suspicious because Martin Jr. never unpacked the heavy bags after several days — and kept guarding them.
“There were some early reports of a foul odor coming from the bags,” Markham Police Chief Terry White told the network.
The family made the grisly discovery on Monday morning when Martin Jr.went out to the library.
“A human body part was discovered,” said White. “They immediately backed away and called police.”
White said the body part’s appeared to be those of Martin Jr.’s 31-year-old girlfriend, according to the Sun-Times. The couple lived together in Kentucky, where other body parts were found, according to White.
“With the remains we have here, we have the advantage of dental records, and then of course there is DNA,” White said.
“Of course her upper torso remains in Kentucky, so the level of their forensics, I’m sure, mirrors ours, so I’m quite sure that there’s going to be a positive identification about this victim.”
Authorities from the FBI, Markham and Louisville were investigating.
Martin Jr. was charged with a felony count of being a fugitive from justice. Additional charges are pending, police said. (NY POST)