New York City Police Department detectives were called to perform a wellness check on a 22-year-old woman on Wednesday afternoon, only to discover suitcases stuffed with human remains.
Residents of an apartment complex in Brooklyn told administrators there was a foul smell coming from one of the apartments, telling apartment security that they hadn’t seen the young woman who lived there for some time, ABC 7 NY reported. When a security guard attempted to enter the young woman’s apartment, he was stopped by her 23-year-old boyfriend, who sometimes lived in the apartment and had a restraining order against him taken out by the young woman.
The security guard returned to his desk and called police, reportedly seeing the boyfriend and another man quietly leave with a bag believed to contain evidence. The guard went back up to the woman’s apartment and found two suitcases containing blood, human remains, and body parts, as well as a meat cleaver.
NYPD arrived at the scene and found the suitcases, NBC News reported, and took them to the medical examiner, who has yet to determine cause of death.
The remains are believed to be those of the unnamed young woman, and police are now actively looking for her boyfriend. The woman had a valid protection order against the boyfriend that lasted until the end of the month, and he had reportedly violated it before by showing up to her apartment without permission.
Residents of the apartment building told ABC 7 that the couple had fought previously, but also described shock that such a gruesome crime could occur in their building.
“This neighborhood is not the best neighborhood, to be honest with you, but this is outrageous. Absolutely outrageous,” Lindsey Vena, who lives in the building, told the outlet. “It makes me scared to even be around here. I’m just sick.”
Another resident told the outlet that the situation was “scary.”
“I live here with my family, and it’s just kind of wicked knowing that there’s somebody doing something like this where you lay your head at night,” the resident said.