A man in Texas was arrested in connection to the slaying of a woman whose body was discovered stuffed inside a U-Haul cardboard box, authorities said.
Firefighters responding to the scene located the box and discovered the dismembered body of Flor Aidee Vega inside, court records show.
According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Vega was wrapped in a fitted sheet and plastic, and she had suffered broken facial bones as well as cuts to her face and neck from what is believed to have been a machete or ax.
Vega’s death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.
After the grisly discovery, investigators executed a search warrant at the home of Miguel Angel Moreno, 60, and found blood droplets in his apartment’s kitchen, living room and bathroom as well as a mattress covered in biological material and wrapped in plastic and sheets similar in appearance to those found with Vega’s body, police said.
Surveillance video recovered from near the scene allegedly shows Moreno using a dolly to transport the U-Haul box to the parking lot, according to detectives.
Moreno claimed his home was broken into and the intruder left the U-Haul box behind, KTRK-TV reported.
Police have not disclosed how or if Moreno and the victim knew each other.
Moreno was being held on $500,000 bond in connection to a tampering charge and a bond has not been set yet for the murder charge recently filed against him.