The dismembered body found buried in plastic bags Friday in the backyard of a Southwest Side home belongs to a man whose ex-girlfriend had lured him there to his death, police sources said.
An autopsy performed today found the the victim, whose identity has not been released yet, died of multiple sharp force injuries from an assault, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. The death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.
Police said no charges have been filed yet as they question the 19-year-old woman and her 56-year-old male relative while seeking another man, a fugitive who authorities say may have fled to New Jersey.
Police said the victim, a man from the Humboldt Park neighborhood in his late 20s, was lured to the home in the 8300 block of South Scottsdale Avenue by the 19-year-old. Once there, her new boyfriend pummeled the victim over the head with a pipe and slashed his throat with a knife, killing him.
The woman helped dismember the body, place body parts into plastic bags, and bury the bags in a hole that was dug behind the home by her 56-year-old relative, police said.
Area Central detectives went to the Scottsdale Avenue address about 11 a.m. Friday to conduct a search warrant and were conducting a death investigation along with Area North detectives, police said.
The still unidentified man was declared dead at the scene at 1:20 p.m. Friday, according to the medical examiner's office.
Investigators could be seen placing something in white buckets as they dug under a blue canopy set up to shade the dig site, according to WGN-TV.
Numerous rumors circulated in the neighborhood about what might be buried in the yard, and some said a foul smell had been in the area of the yard recently.