ECATAPEC, Mexico — A couple caught carting away dismembered body parts in a baby carriage are being eyed in connection with up to 20 women in a suburb of Mexico City, police said.
The suspects, identified only as Juan Carlos N. and his wife, Patricia N., were caught with their grisly haul as police investigated the disappearance of an Ecatapec woman and her two-month-old baby in September.
When questioned, Juan Carlos boasted of killing as many as 20 women, although he only provided details for 10 killing, Mexico State police said.
“What seemed macabre to me is that this person mentioned 10 cases in which he gives details, the names of the victims; he gave us the clothing they had on at the time,” prosecutor Alejandro Gomez told Radio Formula. “He seemed happy about what he had done.”
Gomez said Patricia N. appeared to have participated in the slayings, but it was unclear how active a role she had played.
Local media has already dubbed Juan Carlos as the “Monster of Ecatapec.”
Investigators found body parts in the couple’s apartment and at an abandoned lot nearby. At their home, the couple kept the remains in buckets filled with cement and in a fridge.
Neighbors said that whenever they saw the couple, they were pushing the carriage in which police found the body parts.
Police stopped and searched the couple after phone records connected them with a 28-year-old woman, Nancy Huitron, who disappeared the disappearance in September with her two-month old baby, Valentina.
Investigators say Juan Carlos confessed to killing Huitron and identified two other of his victims as 23-year-old Arlet Olguín and 29-year-old Evelyn Rojas.
Prosecutors say he also confessed to sexually abusing some of the victims before killing them and selling off their belongings and some of their body parts.
The three victims — all single mothers — had disappeared in recent months.
Police say they found the baby, Valentina who they say was sold by the couple. She has since been returned to her maternal grandmother.
Investigators say couple cruelly drew the the women in by offering to sell them cheap baby clothing and formula.