A woman from Olympia, Washington has been accused of strangling her mother to death, cutting up the body, and leaving the parts in dumpsters and trashcans around the city.
Amara J. Lundy, 23, was arrested on August 12 on suspicion of first-degree murder. Her mother, Susan Lundy, 58, had been reported missing on July 6, but hadn't been seen for about a month before that. After at first lying about her mother's whereabouts, Amara reportedly confessed what had actually happened, leading to her arrest.
When first questioned, Amara had told officers that Susan had gone camping. But on Monday, Amara gave a very different story, saying she wanted to "provide a truthful statement,” according to court documents obtained by The Olympian.
In her confession, Amara reportedly said that "she had grown tired of her mother and decided that if her mother was dead, things would be better for several people." She claimed that she had used a cord to strangle her mother and that "her mother begged for her to stop but [she] felt at that point her only option was to finish strangling her and continued to do so until her mother stopped thrashing," according to the court documents.
Amara waited a week before cutting the corpse apart in the basement of their home using a kitchen knife and a saw, and then along with her boyfriend, she disposed of the pieces in private waste bins around town, she said.
Timothy Nogler, a friend of Susan's, described the situation as "devastating."
"It's a big thing to kind of take in," he told K5 News of Seattle, Washington.
Amara has been ordered to have no contact with the boyfriend, who remains unnamed in reports. He has not yet been arrested.
Amara has no prior criminal record. Court Commissioner Rebekah Zinn ordered she be held without bail in court on August 13. She is currently being held at the Thurston County Jail, according to Q13 Fox of Seattle, Washington. Her arraignment has been set for August 27.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Olympia Police Department Detectives at 360-753-8300.
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