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Kansas City man whose wife was found dead in storage unit charged with abandoning her body

Posted at 9:29 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 13:21:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man whose wife was found dismembered in two ice coolers has been charged in connection with dismembering and abandoning her body. 

Justin Rey is accused of abandonment of a corpse and endangering the welfare of a child.  

Lenexa police officers went to U-Haul on October 24 to check on Rey and his two children, who were reportedly sleeping in a storage unit. During the investigation, a woman’s remains were found in the unit. 

Court documents officially identified the remains as Rey’s wife. The documents said Rey’s wife, who family identified as Jessica Monteiro Rey, was found dismembered in coolers. 

According to court records, Rey was dragging several containers at the U-Haul facility when police spoke to him. Rey told officers his wife died after childbirth several days earlier, and her body was in the two containers. 

Court documents said Rey told police he spent two days with his wife’s body before dismembering her. Rey told detectives his two children were in the hotel room as he dismembered and disposed of his wife’s body. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000 cash. Rey is in custody in Johnson County. 

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office said the case remains under investigation.