ALLEN PARK, Mich. — A 39-year-old house guest has been charged with murder, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her new partner who'd been hosting him, dismembering their bodies and dumping them in a river.
Roger Bowling faces two counts each of first-degree murder, mutilation of a body and having a firearm in a felony, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Sunday in a statement. First-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole.
Bowling also is charged with tampering with evidence, the office said. His arraignment is Monday in Allen Park District Court.
The dismembered bodies of Chris Hall, 42, and his 32-year-old fiancée, Danielle Greenway, were found Tuesday in the Detroit River and a canal that feeds the river, a mile-wide body of water that separates Detroit from Windsor, Ontario. A circular saw and a suitcase were also discovered.
Relatives reported the couple missing Wednesday after having no contact for at least five days.
Police arrested Bowling on Thursday. Bowling did not yet have a lawyer Sunday, said the prosecutor's spokeswoman, Maria Miller.
Bowling's father said he hasn't spoken to his estranged son in more than 10 years.
"I really don't know what to say except my heart goes out to the families of these people" who died, Gary Bowling, 69, of Dearborn told the Detroit Free Press. "I keep thinking it's a dream."
A Greenway family friend, April Purdin, told The Associated Press last week that the man she knew only as Roger was Greenway's ex-boyfriend and arrived about three weeks ago.
Neighbor Samantha Dolliver said Hall's sister was searching for the couple Wednesday and pounded on the couple's door. She had no luck.
"She said she had a feeling in the pit of her stomach that something was wrong," Dolliver said.
In June, 2012, police searching for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/02/detroit-baby-dies_n_1643170.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular,detroit-crime" target="_hplink">missing one-year-old Zyia Turner found her dead in a closet</a> under a pile of clothes at her family's home. Her mother left her in her grandmother's care, who in turn left her at home with an uncle while doing errands. Grandmother Bridget Elam says it must have been an accident and her son had helped raise his other nieces and nephews.
Latonya Bowman was allegedly abducted at gunpoint by ex-boyfriend Jamal Rogers (shown) and Antonio Mathis, who drove her to a field, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/latonya-bowman-gives-birth_n_1553301.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit-crime" target="_hplink">doused her in lighter fluid and set her on fire before shooting her</a>. Bowman reportedly played dead and is expected to recover despite suffering burns. She gave birth to a boy on May 29, 2012 via emergency cesarean section hours before Rogers and Mathis were arraigned on charges of attempted murder and other crimes. (AP Photo/Warren Police Department)
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After William and Brenda Evans, a couple living on the east side of Detroit, were killed in their home in May, their daughter Tierra Evans claimed they were <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/17/william-and-brenda-evans-killed-lottery-ticket_n_1524616.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular,detroit-crime" target="_hplink">killed over a lottery ticket</a>. While the Detroit Police Department believed drugs were involved, Tierra Evans denied drug involvement. Instead, she said her father was known as "Dollar Bill" in the neighborhood for his lottery luck and it was known that he had a winning ticket.
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In February 2012, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/14-year-old-son-shoots-mom-detroit-tamiko-robinson_n_1304705.html" target="_hplink">14-year-old boy allegedly shot his mother to death as she slept</a> after she had not let him hang out with friends earlier. She was reportedly sleeping on a couch while her fiancÃ© and 5-year-old daughter slept in another room.
In February 2012, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/6-year-old-boy-shot-critical_n_1304120.html" target="_hplink">6-year-old boy was shot and critically injured</a> after <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120227/NEWS01/120227054/Two-teens-in-custody-for-carjacking-spree-shooting-6-year-old" target="_hplink">two teenage boys allegedly attempted a carjacking</a> on Detroit's east side.