A man has been arrested after a bag of human bones was found in the basement of a house while his girlfriend has been missing for months.
John Legendre, 38, was taken into custody Monday, two days after authorities found a plastic bag containing decomposed remains under a New York City home owned by his father, police said, according to the New York Post.
Detectives believe the remains “possibly” belong to Legendre’s girlfriend, who was last seen four months ago, sources told the Post.
A 65-year-old man found the bag in a hole in the floor under sheets of plywood Saturday while cleaning the basement of his home on the 200th block of 138th Avenue in Queens’ Laurelton area.
The homeowner, identified as Gilbert Legendre by the New York Daily News, made the discovery after noticing a foul smell.
“I didn’t show what I found,” Legendre told the Daily News of his interaction with police after calling 911. “I just saw something there and just closed it again and called them. I see something, maybe bones.”
The homeowner said he had an idea who might own the remains, sources told the Post.
John was living in his father’s basement and was arrested after returning home later on Saturday, according to the Daily News.
Police initially confirmed they had arrested a man who was said to be in his 30s at the time, but did not confirm the suspect’s relationship with the homeowner.
When asked about his son’s involvement in the crime, Gilbert was nervous.
“Right now I’m just having trouble analyzing it, you know?” the homeowner told the Daily News on Sunday. “It’s Father’s Day. Just trying to see if I can wrap my head around it. My whole day is a mess.’
Sources told the Daily News that John and his girlfriend suffered from schizophrenia.
The cause of the person’s death is pending the city coroner’s report.
John was charged with concealing a human body and tampering with evidence, police said. He has been arrested seven times for threats in the past, most recently on November 19, 2019.
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