Bus ride with luggage full of girlfriend’s body parts: Melvin Martin Wiki, Bio
Police have identified the Melvin Martin Jr. who accused of riding on a Greyhound bus for over five hours with a suitcase and bags filled with body parts.
According to police, Melvin Martin Jr. admitted he carried his girlfriend’s body parts in his luggage as he rode a bus from the Louisville, Kentucky, Greyhound bus station to Chicago. When he arrived in Chicago, his family picked him up and took him to his mother’s house off of 164th and Wood streets in Markham, Illinois.
Martin reportedly made it to his mother’s house, but never unpacked two of her suitcases. Instead, he put the bags inside a suitcase in the garage.
A few days later, the family began to notice a bad smell coming from the suitcase and when they left for the library, they decided to take a look. Inside, they found body parts and immediately stepped back and contacted the police.
Authorities said they found internal organs, his head and the lower half of his body in the luggage, CBS Chicago reports.
Markham Police Chief Terry White said Martin admitted to killing his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in Louisville. He also allegedly admitted to burying his torso in a Louisville park.
When asked why he brought the other body parts to Illinois, Martin said he still wanted to be with her.
“He indicated that as grotesque as it may sound, he still wanted to be with at least a part of her,” White said.
According to White, the woman, whose name has not yet been released, has been dead for at least a month. White said Martin took steps to hide bad odors.
Late Wednesday afternoon, investigators found the woman’s torso in the park where Martin said he hid her.
Martin was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crime. Authorities are working to have him extradited back to Louisville.
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