A man is suspected of dumping his girlfriend’s body in a trash bin and then trying to flee the country the next day.
Amer Alhasan, 28, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles Airport attempting to board a flight to Jordan via Germany, Sgt. Daron Wyatt, the Anaheim Police Department’s public information officer, told Oxygen.com.
Alahsan was charged Friday with the murder of Tiyanie Ly, a 38-year-old mother of three who was found stuffed into a duffel bag that had been tossed in a trash bin in the back of an Anaheim apartment complex.
A person who had been going through the dumpster to look for recyclables had stumbled upon the body and called police just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, KABC, an ABC station in Los Angeles, reports.
Ly's family said they last saw her Monday morning after she completed her graveyard shift as an ultrasound technician and drove her children, ages 10, 8, and 4, to school.
Ly and her children lived with her parents, and when she didn't come home on Tuesday morning to drive the children to school, they began to worry.
"It was kind of strange because we know that she would never miss picking up the kids," Adam Margaros, Ly's brother-in-law, told KTLA, a CW-affiliated station in Los Angeles.
He said the family called police after seeing the discovery of the body on television to ask whether it could have been Ly. He said the death came as a "huge shock" to the family, who knew little about Alhasan.
"She's a great person," Margaros told KTLA. "She's one of those types of people that have a big heart, loves everyone."
The cause of death has not been released as the investigation is still ongoing, Wyatt said.
Wyatt clarified that initial reports that the body was dismembered are inaccurate.
Alhasan allegedly fled Jordan initially because of a sexual assault there, Wyatt said. He is believed to be a U.S. citizen with family in Jordan.
Alhasan is currently being held on $5 million bail after being deemed a flight risk.
Authorities are also now trying to locate Ly’s vehicle — a 2006 Honda Odyssey — and are asking the public for assistance with the search.
Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227 or send an email to www.OCCrimeStoppers.org.
The Associated Press and Ethan Harfenist contributed to this report.
[Photo Credit: Anaheim Police Department]
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