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Woman pushing trash can with man's body parts might have met him online, police say

June 1, 2011 |  7:33 am

Carmen MontenegroA woman found pushing a trash bin that contained human body parts down an Ontario street over the weekend might have met the victim online and dated him.

The victim, who was last seen by relatives on May 1, had been reported as a missing person to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according said Ontario police Det. Jeff Crittenden.

The victim's sister-in-law said the man met Carmen 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."

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.


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-- Richard Winton

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