Markham police say family discovers woman's dismembered remains in visiting relative's luggage

Markham police say family discovers woman's dismembered remains in visiting relative's luggage

MARKHAM, Ill. (WLS) -- Markham police said a man has been charged after bringing dismembered human remains in luggage he brought with him from Kentucky to visit relatives.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.Police said Tuesday morning Martin left his relatives' home and went to the Markham Public Library. While there, a curious relative opened one of the bags and found body parts inside. The family called police, who discovered more human remains in the other bags.Police arrested Martin at the library, and took him in for questioning. Law enforcement from Louisville traveled to Illinois to interview the suspect, police said. After initially resisting, Martin is now cooperating with law enforcement, according to Markham police."It's hard just to grasp that someone can do something ...
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