Saturday, December 11, 2010
Maid Found Body Parts - Continental Hotel - Downtown Skid Row
The body was found in a hotel near downtown Los Angeles' skid row. Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, 25 (also known as Melissa Turner). They are believed either to be in Hollywood or en route to Pennsylvania, said LAPD Det. Kelle Baitx.
A housekeeper at the Continental Hotel discovered body parts in a backpack left behind in the room on Nov. 29. The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Herbert Tracy White.
Additional body parts were found wrapped in blankets underneath the bed, police said, and a knife was recovered in the small hotel room. Baitx said police detectives believed it was a robbery gone wrong.
Continental Hotel representatives declined to comment.
“The crime-scene investigation revealed signs that the suspects were attempting to clean up the scene and attempting to remove the body from the location,” Baitx said.
Investigators used physical evidence left at the scene and witness’ statements to identify the couple.
The Los Angeles district attorney issued a warrant for the couple’s arrest Monday, charging them with capital murder that involved the infliction of torture, according to the arrest warrant. If convicted, they face a possible death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
-- L.A. Times