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Headless body found in trash after woman killed, decapitated by nephew

Published: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 4:40 PM
By: Chelsea Todaro, Palm Beach Post

Police arrested a Miami man in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found decapitated at a garbage dump in Hialeah. 

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Employees at a waste removal plant discovered the headless and decomposing body on Monday and called police. 

Officers arrested Edwin Ramirez-Mejia on Thursday on charges of second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body, the Miami Herald reported. Police said the woman, identified as Silvia Karina Castillo-Castillo, was Ramirez-Mejia’s aunt. 

Ramirez-Mejia told officers that he met with his aunt at his Miami apartment on Friday to discuss a business they owned in Guatemala “until something went terribly wrong,” according to the Herald.

After giving investigators conflicting statements, Ramirez-Mejia later confessed to taking a large kitchen knife, cutting off his aunt’s head, and placing it in a bag.

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He then put both the head and the rest of her body in a trash container outside his apartment, the Herald reported. 

The suspect told police that he and his aunt fought over her boyfriend and that she attacked Ramirez-Mejia with a knife. A struggle ensued, and Ramirez-Mejia said he cut her several times, took her to the bathroom “and started to cut her neck,” WPLG-TV reported

Ramirez-Mejia is currently jailed without bond.