Man killed, dismembered was victim of love triangle: sources
BY DAN MIHALOPOULOS AND BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporters October 5, 2013 9:44AM
A man's dismembered body was found buried in the back yard of this home in the 8300 block of South Scottsdale Avenue on the far Southwest Side. | Dan Mihalopoulos~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:51AM
Chicago Police believe a love triangle that turned violent explains the body found dismembered and buried in the backyard of a home on the far Southwest Side, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
On Saturday, the Cook County medical examiner’s ruled the case a homicide and announced that an autopsy of the remains found Friday had determined the victim was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries” and “assault.”
Authorities have not identified the victim, and a police spokesman declined comment on the case because “releasing additional details could hamper the investigation.”
But sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that the victim was an ex-boyfriend of a young woman whose family lives in the home in the 8300 block of South Scottsdale.
Investigators believe the man was murdered by the woman’s boyfriend and that the woman’s father helped dispose of the body.
The man suspected of having perpetrated the homicide remained at large Saturday evening, the sources said.
Police on Saturday afternoon continued working in the backyard of the one-story brick house.
A police “forensic services” van was parked in the driveway, in front of a carport, and a “major incident response vehicle” was parked on the street, which was blocked be yellow police tape.
Officers in all-white outfits, purple gloves and blue cloth shoe covers could be seen under a tent in the yard.
Neighbors said a man, woman and child live in the home. The family also has a teenage daughter and grandchildren, they said.
Records show the home was bought in May 2011 from a bank that had foreclosed on it. The buyers, a man and a woman, paid $115,000, taking out a $98,900 mortgage.
The male homeowner worked at a family-style restaurant about a mile from the house, bussing tables, the restaurant’s manager said.
Neighbor Steve Burns, 40, said the man who owned the home appeared to be in his 50s and spoke broken English.
“I’ve only spoken with the father,” Burns said. “Only hi and bye. He was never one for discussion. He would just give you a head nod. That’s the most you got from him.”