Markham, Illinois police were baffled when they learned that a Kentucky man had traveled all the way to Illinois with a dismembered body in his luggage!
According to ABC Chicago, police said Melvin Martin Jr., 30, is being charged as a fugitive fleeing prosecution. An extradition hearing will be held as soon as Thursday morning and he will be taken back to Kentucky for prosecution, police said. "This was a particularly heinous crime in that the offender in this case dismembered her body," said Markham Chief Terry White, Markham police said Martin took a Greyhound bus from Kentucky to Chicago "a few days ago" where he was picked up by relatives and taken back to their home near 164th and Wood. His family told police he had several pieces of luggage with him that he was very protective over. After arriving, Martin's relatives said he kept asking them for clothing, which they found odd because he had his bags but never opened them.
Martin left his family's home Tuesday to run errands and go to the Markham Public Library. While he was away a curious family member decided to take a peek into his unopened luggage and what they found sent them scrambling to call the authorities. In his luggage, they found the severed head of a woman, some internal organs and a few other body parts.
Markham police went to the library to arrest Martin, who initially resisted but, was taken without incident.
Police said the victim was Martin's 31-year-old girlfriend in Louisville, Ky. They believe her death began as a domestic assault, and that Martin allegedly killed her during that assault. Police said Martin dismembered the body, waited at least 30 days, then took some of the remains to Markham in a suitcase, a tote and possibly another bag.
Martin told investigators where they could locate other parts of the body when he was interrogated. The unidentified woman's upper torso was found in a park near their residence back in Kentucky on Wednesday. Martin told authorities that he kept her remains because he "wanted to remain with her, or at least part of her."
Martin is facing murder, among other charges, and is awaiting extradition to Kentucky.