A welfare check on a man and his two children who were living inside a Kansas storage unit turned into a gruesome discovery of a woman’s dismembered remains in a cooler.
According to Associated Press, Justin Rey, 35, has been jailed on $1 million bond in Johnson County for two counts of aggravated child endangerment and contributing to a child’s misconduct. A police spokesman told People criminal charges have not yet been filed in the death of Jessica Monteiro Rey, Justin’s wife. Police believe it is her body in the cooler.
Last week, a concerned citizen called police to inform them that Justin was sleeping in a storage unit with two young children. Police reportedly found Justin with his two daughters: a toddler and a 5-day-old infant. The children were without food or diapers, according to AP. Officers allegedly looked into a cooler in the unit and found human remains, which were cut into several pieces.
A man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told FOX 4 he met Justin at a bar the night he was taken into custody. Justin allegedly told the man his wife had died in childbirth, and he was taking his daughters to Arizona. The man said he then agreed to take Justin to the train station, but they first stopped at Justin's storage unit to pick up items for their journey. He then claimed he spotted brown liquid leaking from Justin’s cooler.
Police are also claiming Justin told them Jessica died in childbirth in a Missouri motel. According to KCTV5, Justin later claimed his wife committed suicide after giving birth.
He has reportedly not entered a plea to any charges, and it remains unclear if he has an attorney.