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Calif. woman caught pushing a barrel of body parts
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.
In this police booking photo released by the Ontario Police Dept. on Tuesday May 31,2011 showing Carmen Montenegro, 51, who has been arrested on suspicion of murder after she was found pushing a trash container containing human remains down an Ontario, Calif. street Sunday, May 29,2011.
ONTARIO, Calif. — A woman is under investigation for murder after witnesses reported to police that she was pushing a foul-smelling trash can down the street, which led to the discovery of a man's body parts in the barrel and what appeared to be bodily fluids at a nearby house, authorities said.
Carmen Montenegro, 51, of San Bernardino, was arrested Sunday after police found the garbage can filled with the remains, Ontario police Detective Jeff Crittenden said Tuesday.
Authorities have not yet identified the man, how he died, when he died, where he died or the relationship between him and Montenegro. Investigators were withholding information about which body parts were in the trash can, a 30-gallon plastic container, and which ones are missing, Crittenden said.
Montenegro, who listed her occupation as a clerk on police documents, has apparently lived on and off over the years in the house, which is owned by a family member, he said.
Investigators spent Monday excavating property around the place. A hole was found in the backyard and what may have been body fluids were detected, but Crittenden would not say if a grave or additional body parts were found.
The house is about 200 yards from where Montenegro was pushing the can. Ontario is in San Bernardino County about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.