THE dismembered body of a missing girl, 19, has been found in a landfill two days after she vanished.
Police say they uncovered the remains of 19-year-old Dystynee Avery on Wednesday afternoon at the Clay County Landfill in Minnesota.
Dystynee was last seen in south Moorhead on April 3 in the area of the 1300 block of 28th Ave S.
Her disappearance led investigators to suspect foul play was involved.
Moorhead Police apprehended her on-and-off-again boyfriend Ethan Broad, 27, on suspicion of second degree murder.
Broad told investigators that he killed the teenager in self-defense, dismembering her body with a saw, placing the body parts in garbage bags and throwing the bags into an apartment dumpster, according to court documents seen by KVRR.
‘DISMEMBERED WITH A SAW’
Broad allegedly told police he was responsible for Dystynee’s death, saying another man hit her over the head with a lead pipe and cut her throat before that man and others helped Broad drag her body to his apartment garage, court documents said.
Broad also claimed he was told to cut up Dystynee’s body and dispose of the remains by dragging her body from his first-floor apartment to his garage.
He then used several saws to dismember the teen, put her remains in garbage bags and dispose of them in dumpsters at the apartment, court documents allege.
Dystynee’s sister, Valarie Parker, told the Brainerd Dispatch she had moved from Devers, Texas, to Moorhead a year-and-a-half ago to be with her then-boyfriend.
Her sister said she lived on and off with Broad during that time but the pair were not dating at the time of her disappearance.
Valarie said: “Thank you to all of the officers and everybody for working day in and day out for this.
“I’m glad. I’m glad that we have justice, and I’m glad that she can be able to come home and be laid to rest the proper way.”
Broad is currently in custody at the Clay County Jail on a $1million bail.
On Tuesday evening of April 21, David Erno, 22, and Andrea Payne, 26, were also booked into the Clay County Jail on accessory to murder charges.
It is unclear exactly how Payne and Erno are connected to the investigation.
Moorhead Police say the recovered remains have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, where a medical examination will be conducted, including positively identifying the victim.
The investigation is still ongoing.
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