(PARIS) — Police have arrested a couple in connection with two headless corpses discovered in a popular park just east of Paris’ 12th district after they led authorities to a torso buried in the woods over the weekend.
The couple, who is of Asian origin and in their thirties, confessed to police on Saturday that they had killed another Asian couple following an altercation in an apartment in Paris’ 15th arrondissement on May 24, the AFP reports. The names of the couple were not released.
After claiming to have attacked the other couple in the apartment with a “heavy object,” the pair told authorities they mutilated the victims and buried their body parts in Bois de Vincennes. AFP reported that they had a dispute with the other couple after the victims’ child died in their care. The news service said the couple had fled to China after the killings but had come back and confessed out of remorse.
Information the couple provided to the police on Sunday led them to unearth a second headless body buried in the western region of the park. The victim was believed to be male.
The couple’s confession comes on the heels of reports of other body parts found in the park earlier this month.
On June 8, a jogger unearthed a severed leg near lac Daumesnil, one of Bois de Vincennes’ many lakes, in the western part of the park. Then, a guide dog discovered a human torso decaying in the same area, which was believed to have been female.
The police are performing analysis on bodies to determine the victims’ identification and cause of death. The link between the bodies has yet to be established.
By day, the park is a favorite for joggers, bicyclists, and horseback riders. It also boasts a zoo and a Buddhist Temple within its sprawling grounds. But by night, the area is frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and is not considered to be safe.
Bois de Vincennes is nearly three times the size of New York’s Central Park.
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