Human remains found in dumpster at Phoenix apartments

Human remains found in dumpster at Phoenix apartments

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Police were at the scene of an apartment complex where human remains were found in a dumpster.

Police say there was one victim, but while FOX 10 was on the scene, investigators were seen hauling two body bags away with remains inside.

People living at the apartments believe someone dumped the remains in the dumpster in broad daylight.

"Just a bunch of police cars and that's it, you know," said Christine Batista, a neighbor.

Batista arrived home Sunday morning to find crime scene tape cornering off a dumpster at the back of the Desert Villa Apartments on 25th Street and Cave Creek Road.

"Just rumors of body parts being in the trash can, the trash bin being closed off," said Batista.

Police confirm human remains were found in the dumpster around 8:30 a.m.

Witnesses told FOX 10, there were an unusual amount of flies by the dumpster and when they looked in, they saw a body part sticking out of a garbage bag.

People visiting the apartments were stunned.

"It's very surprising, first time I've seen that though," said Marco Lopez.

Those living at the apartments say someone saw a car drop off the garbage bags around 7 or 7:30 a.m.

Police aren't saying if they have suspect information.

Batista thinks the killer was trying to send a message.

"I they really didn't want to leave any witnesses, I think they would have done it during the night," said Batista.

The apartments are filled with mostly families.

Kids played while investigators scoured the crime scene for clues.

"It's a very calm area here...especially right here, nothing goes down," said Lopez.

"A lot of kids live around here and these things are going on, makes you wonder what else goes on," said Batista.

Investigators say they don't know if the person was recently killed or had been dead for a while and was just dumped.

Police are not identifying the victim or releasing any suspect information they may have.

If you know anything call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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