NEW YORK (AP) — A man out walking his dog early Tuesday morning made a gruesome discovery: the dismembered remains of a woman in a heavy duty plastic garbage bag, police said.
Hours later, a suspect was in custody, and police said he had made statements implicating himself. His name wasn't immediately released.
Police believe the victim was 45-year-old Tanya Byrd, a home health aide who was last seen Monday. Her remains were stuffed in four bags and scattered along four blocks, police said. The medical examiner's office was working to make a formal identification and determine a cause of death.
The first bag was discovered in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx at about 5 a.m., when the dog started sniffing at some trash. Among the pile of trash was a duffel bag containing a plastic bag with a bloodied leg inside.
When police arrived, they found three other bags with remains on surrounding blocks. One contained a leg and an arm. In another, a portion of a torso with shoulders. In the third, a head.
Mario Font, a building superintendent, said he saw police open the bag near the pile in front of his building, and the trash bag inside it held a leg. He said he believed it was the right leg, judging from the toes.