New Jersey Bagged Body Parts Identified

By Brian Thompson
|  Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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New Jersey Bagged Body Parts Identified

NBCNewYork

Body parts were found in a bag on this normally quiet street in Linden, N.J.

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The Union County Prosecutor's office has identified the man and woman whose dismembered bodies were found stuffed into a total of six bags on a Linden, N.J., street Monday morning.

They were identified as 49-year-old Lazaro Calero and 48-year-old Maria Torres, both of Union City in Hudson County.

A resident in Linden called the Sanitation Department Monday morning after seeing flies buzzing around the bags. When the Sanitation workers saw a body part through an opening of one of the bags and called police.

A source told NBC New York that the pair were identified by fingerprints, although there appeared to be no evidence that either of the victims was ever in New Jersey's Corrections system.

Because it is not clear where they were killed, the Hudson County Prosecutor's office is working with Union County officials on the case.

"Police are pursuing a number of leads and continue to take statements from people in both Hudson and Union Counties," said a statement from Union Prosecutor Theordore Romankow.

So far, the investigation indicates that Calero rented a room at Torres' address on 4th Street in Union City.

Although their bodies were cut up and put into the bags, the Prosecutor has yet to reveal if the autopsy describes how they were killed.

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