MARKHAM, Ill. — An Illinois family suspicious of a family member visiting from Kentucky made a gruesome discovery in his luggage – the dismembered remains of a woman.
Markham police Chief Terry White told CBS Chicago that the man, whose name has not yet been released, traveled Sunday from Louisville on a Greyhound bus to visit his family. Markham, located just south of Chicago, is about a four-hour drive from Louisville.
After several days, his family found it odd that he had not yet unpacked, the chief said. He also aroused suspicion by keeping a watchful eye on his suitcases.
The man also asked his family about buying some clothes, despite having multiple pieces of luggage, the Courier Journal in Louisville reported. After a few days, the bags also began to smell.
“There were some early reports of a foul odor coming from the bags,” White told CBS Chicago.
When the man left the house Tuesday to go to the public library, his relatives opened a suitcase.
“A human body part was discovered,” White said. “They immediately backed away and called police.”
Police investigators found the body parts of a woman in the man’s luggage. The chief said she is believed to possibly be a woman reported missing in Louisville last week.
Louisville police officials told WLKY that the discovery in Illinois led them to a home in the 600 block of N. Hite Street in Louisville, where they found evidence of a homicide. Charges are pending against the man, who remained in the Cook County jail on Wednesday.
The suspected victim’s name was also being withheld by authorities pending positive identification.
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