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Body parts found in trash bin may be remains of woman's ex-boyfriend, police say

May 31, 2011 |  6:05 pm

Carmen MontenegroProsecutors filed a murder charge Tuesday against a woman found pushing a trash bin that contained human body parts, and detectives are examining whether the remains are those of the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who recently disappeared.

Carmen Montenegro, 51, remained in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and has refused to cooperate with detectives, authorities said.

Montenegro was found Sunday in Ontario, rolling the trash bin along Holmes Avenue, police said.  

Investigators and coroner's staff have confirmed that the remains belong to a male but have yet to determine an identity, said Det. Jeff Crittenden.

Investigators found evidence at a home on Holmes Avenue where Montenegro lived that suggested the body had been kept there, perhaps buried in the yard, authorities said.

The boyfriend, who was last seen by relatives on May 1, was reported as a missing person to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to Crittenden.

The former boyfriend's sister-in-law said the man met Montenegro online about a year ago and the two had lived together on and off. She said he lived in Diamond Bar and described him as a "veteran, a loner, but a great and generous guy."


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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Carmen Montenegro was arrested by Ontario police. Credit: Ontario Police Department