ONTARIO (KTLA) -- A woman has been booked on murder charges after bringing a trash can containing the body parts of a deceased man to an area home and pushing it through the surrounding neighborhood Sunday, officials said.
51-year-old Carmen Montenegro was spotted toting a trash can down the street before bringing it to a home located on the 700 block of Holmes near H Street, where she told the residents that a body was inside the trash can and asked the residents, reportedly her relatives, to help her dispose of it.
Ontario police were alerted to the scene by a resident of the home and several witnesses who reported smelling a foul odor coming from the trash can at approximately 3pm Sunday, according to a report released by the San Bernardino Coroner's Department.
When police arrived onto the scene and confronted Montenegro about a block away from the home on H street, it was confirmed that body parts belonging to a deceased male of unknown age or race was inside the trash can.
One witness told KTLA that when police approached her, Montenegro tried to abandon the trash can in front of his house. He said that when police questioned her about the remains inside the trash can, she said nothing.
The daughter of the homeowner told KTLA that Montenegro is her cousin and that she did in fact come to the house yesterday with the body asking for help disposing of it. The homeowner's daughter said that she did not know who the victim was.
According to the homeowner's daughter, Montenegro is not mentally unstable.
An investigation is ongoing.