CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn (WABC) — Investigators believe a body found stuffed in two suitcases in an apartment in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, is that of a 22-year-old woman.
Residents of the building reported a foul odor and told security that the woman had not been seen in several days.
A security guard came to her 6th floor flat and attempted to enter but was stopped by the woman’s 23-year-old boyfriend, who is believed to have lived in the flat at times.
The guard came back downstairs to call the police and saw the boyfriend and another man sneaking out with a bag of alleged evidence.
It was then that the caretaker went back upstairs to the apartment and discovered the two suitcases with the woman’s remains in a bloodied bathroom. He also found a meat cleaver in the apartment.
The woman had a valid protective order against her boyfriend until the end of the month.
Friends say the victim was a gentle and humble person and a neighbor remembered her as a young girl who had not yet lived.
Detectives are actively looking for the boyfriend. He has violated the protection act in the past by showing up at her apartment unannounced.
Friends say she moved in two years ago when the affordable housing building opened.
Neighbors said they heard fighting two weeks ago.
Other residents expressed shock and disbelief at the gruesome discovery.
“This neighborhood isn’t the best neighborhood, to be honest with you, but it’s outrageous. Absolutely outrageous,” neighbor Lindsey Vena said. “It even scares me to be here. I’m just sick.
“It’s scary. I live here with my family, and it’s just kind of mean to know that someone does something like that where you lay your head at night,” another resident told Eyewitness News.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
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