06/01/2011 06:49 pm ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

Police Suspect Carmen Montenegro's Trash Can May Have Been Stuffed With Missing Ex-Boyfriend's Body Parts

Authorities in California suspect dismembered human remains found inside a trash can San Bernardino resident Carmen Montenegro allegedly pushed down a suburban street Sunday could belong to her missing ex.

"Detectives are ... looking into the recent disappearance of Montenegro's past boyfriend," the City of Ontario Police Department said in a press release.

According to police, the unidentified ex-boyfriend was last seen by relatives on May 1. He was later reported as a missing person to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Montenegro, 51, was caught with the 30-gallon wheeled container full of human remains Sunday afternoon, after several concerned neighbors contacted police.


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On Tuesday, detective Jeff Crittenden told The Huffington Post he could not comment on the condition of the body, but did say the victim was a male of unknown age or race. He also said the man "was dismembered [and] it appears to be a homicide."

Crittenden said investigators suspect Montenegro disinterred the remains from a home she used to live at in the 700 block of North Holmes Avenue, which is located about 200 yards from where she was arrested.

Investigators conducted an extensive search of the property and excavated portions of the backyard. According to Sgt. David McBride, detectives have now completed processing the residence and have "recovered undisclosed items of evidentiary value."

On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office filed one count of murder against Montenegro. She is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

"The investigation is on-going and updated information will be released when available," McBride said.


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