Body parts found in trash bags in Linden

(AP) - Police are trying to learn the identities ofa man and woman whose dismembered body parts were found Mondaystuffed in bags and dumped on a quiet residential street innorthern New Jersey.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow says the body pieceswere distributed among four cloth laundry bags and two blackgarbage bags that had been left along a curb near an intersectionof two residential streets in Linden.

The bags may have been there since Thursday, according toRomankow and neighborhood residents. Police were notified Mondaymorning, when a resident called to complain that the bags had beenleft in the street.

Police and public works employees responded to the scene, and asanitation worker opened one of the bags and saw a body part,Romankow said. He said the investigation was continuing as apresumed homicide, but police did not believe the crime occurred inthe neighborhood where the bodies were dumped.

Autopsies still were under way late Monday, with preliminaryresults showing the male to be Hispanic and between ages 30 and 35.Details about the female victim were not known as of Mondayevening.

Resident Carol Thomas-Garretson said she reported the bags topolice Monday morning.

"I didn't call until I started noticing the flies," she said.Thomas-Garretson said she first saw the bags Thursday morning,stacked curbside by the side of her house. She assumed someone haddriven into the neighborhood to dump garbage, a problem in recentmonths. When the normal garbage pickup was suspended for GoodFriday, Thomas-Garretson said she had planned to wait for Tuesdaytrash pickup, but the flies were intense.

"It's very disturbing," she said. "Nothing like that happensaround here."

Linden Police Chief Michael Boyle said homicides are rare in thetown and that the discovery was in an area he described as "a veryquiet, tree-lined neighborhood."

"It was obviously a gruesome find," he said.

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