The suspect could be presented to a judge on Monday. A man suspected of having killed the person whose decapitated body was discovered Friday by a road in Albias, near Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne), was arrested on Saturday, the source learned judicial.
This man in his fifties, a roommate of the victim, would have confessed to having killed her after a brawl between them on the night of December 23 to 24, before butchering her body, according to this source who confirmed information revealed by La Dépêche du Midi.
« Post-mortem body mutilation »
The decapitated body had been discovered by a couple of walkers on Friday, a few hours before Christmas Eve.
The victim is « a 31-year-old man known to the courts for traffic offenses and acts of theft, » the interim public prosecutor of Montauban, Anne Gaullier, said in a statement on Saturday. According to the magistrate, the forensic pathologist noted « several stab wounds in the thorax and back and put forward the hypothesis of post-mortem mutilation of the body ».
The head discovered « at a hundred meters from the scene in a plastic bag »
The head was discovered on Saturday « a hundred meters from the scene in a plastic bag » while « two cut forearms were found the same evening near the body », further specified Anne Gaullier in her press release.
A criminal investigation was opened for « murder » and « attacking the integrity of a corpse » by the investigators who favored « the hypothesis of a heinous crime ».