Maid finds body parts scattered around L.A. hotel room, in backpack

Nardine Saad (LA Times)
December 8, 2010

A Pennsylvania couple is wanted in the slaying and dismemberment of a Hollywood man whose body was “cut up into five different parts — basically his limbs were removed,” said a Los Angeles detective.

The body was found in a hotel near downtown Los Angeles’ skid row. Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, 25 (also known as Melissa Turner). They are believed either to be in Hollywood or en route to Pennsylvania, said LAPD Det. Kelle Baitx.

A housekeeper at the Continental Hotel discovered body parts in a backpack left behind in the room on Nov. 29. The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Herbert Tracy White.

Additional body parts were found wrapped in blankets underneath the bed, police said, and a knife was recovered in the small hotel room. Baitx said police detectives believed it was a robbery gone wrong.

Continental Hotel representatives declined to comment.

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