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X-ray finds woman's skull inside cement

Homicide detectives say the missing head of a woman who was allegedly drugged, strangled and dismembered by her 15-year-old son, was discovered Monday when an X-ray machine detected a human skull encased in a garbage can of hardened concrete.

The plastic garbage can was confiscated at the home of Edwin Gimenez, 50, a convicted pedophile who police say instructed Angel Rosa to kill his mother, Madeline Irene.

Angel, who was charged Saturday with second-degree murder, has confessed to killing his mother Aug. 18 inside their Fargo Avenue home, police said.

Gimenez, a friend of the family, was sexually abusing Angel and his 11-year-old brother and wanted to get rid of Irene so he could have the boys to himself, investigators said. Gimenez was charged Saturday with conspiracy to commit murder.

The woman's body parts were first discovered in the Black Rock Channel, near the foot of West Ferry Street on Aug. 23, but her head and hands were missing.

Monday, a powerful X-ray machine at Buffalo Niagara International Airport detected a human head inside the concrete. Another X-ray at Erie County Medical Center had been too weak to penetrate the concrete.

"You could see a thin outline of a skull, her jawbone, and her teeth," said Lt. Kenneth Bienko, commander of the Buffalo Police's Homicide Squad. "It was kind of fuzzy because we were seeing it through concrete, but it's there."

Gimenez is being held in the Erie County Holding Center. He is scheduled to appear at a felony hearing on Friday.

Police say Irene was murdered in her home Aug 18. Detective Mary Gugliuzza said police believe Angel continued to live in the home for the next two weeks, living life as normal, while his 7-year-old brother also occupied the house.

e-mail: vthomas@buffnews.com

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