A homeless man allegedly took photos of himself with his wife’s dead body and their two children before eventually dismembering her. The Kansas City Star reports Justin Rey, 35, has been charged with abandonment of a corpse, as well as two counts of aggravated child endangerment and two counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct. Rey was arrested after he was found living in a U-Haul Moving and Storage facility in nearby Lenexa, Kansas, with the children and what was left of his wife’s remains inside a large cooler.
According to court documents, Justin Rey, his pregnant wife Jessica Monteiro Rey, and their 2-year-old daughter checked into a Kansas City hotel on September 25. On October 20, Jessica Rey gave birth in the room’s bathtub and subsequently died. Justin Rey has given conflicting statements to police about his wife’s death. In one statement, he says she committed suicide after giving birth, in another claiming she died following complications from the birth itself.
Following her death, Justin laid her body out on the hotel bed, gathered their two children around his wife’s corpse, and took pictures of them together. He claims they stayed in the room with Jessica’s dead body for two more days. He then carried her body back to the bathroom, dismembering it in the bathtub with the children present. He put some of her body parts in a large cooler, boiled down others, and some of remains down the toilet, according to a police report obtained by CBS.
Employees at the storage facility called police on October 24, after realizing Rey was staying in his storage unit with two young children. Noticing the newborn infant, police asked where his wife was. He calmly told them she was in the cooler and a tote bag. His children were taken to an area hospital and are in now in protective custody. Rey is being held on $1 million bond.