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Police question son after woman’s dismembered body found on Bronx street

Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-26 18:53:28-05

Police are questioning a man Tuesday after his mother was found chopped to pieces, stuffed in garbage bags and discarded on a Bronx Street.

Officers found the grisly remains of Tanya Byrd outside 509 Eagle Ave. after a passerby noticed a woman’s leg protruding from a pile of trash and dialed 9-1-1 around 5 a.m.  Byrd’s head, legs, arms and torso were all found within half a mile of her son, 23-year-old Bashid McLean’s apartment.  McLean reportedly called police to report his mother missing.

A search of MacLean’s apartment turned up a saw, the Daily News reported.

Police are now questioning MacLean at the 40th Precinct stationhouse.

Body found on Bronx street

“I saw the police looking in different garbage bags. I’ve seen them walking up and down the block,” one resident told PIX 11 News as several detectives worked the streets around her.

According to police, the murderer chopped the body up and scattered it in a tightly concentrated area around PS 158 in several bags and luggage . The elementary school is within a one minute walk to all four of the crime scene locations.

Body found on Bronx street

Santos says that at approximately 6:30 a.m. detectives told her a man walking his dog actually detected the body part. Santos who has lived in the neighborhood for twenty years describes the macabre scene as shocking, “Of course we were surprised, because we have never heard anything like this in the neighborhood like that.”

George Dertinger spoke to PIX 11 News from inside his wholesale distribution business, which was directly across the street from where a gruesome discovery was being examined by a Crime Scene Unit, “It’s obviously some kind crazy psycho who would do such a thing.  Obviously not very smart, if you’re going to spread body parts to try cover your crime, you’d think you’d do it in a wider area than just around the block.”