What are believed to be the head and hands of a Buffalo woman who was murdered and dismembered were removed Tuesday from a garbage can of hardened concrete, homicide detectives said.
Detectives have charged that Madeline Irene was given a narcotic drug that knocked her unconscious, strangled with a cord and then cut up by her 15-year-old son, Angel Rosa, after a convicted pedophile told the boy how to commit the murder.
Edwin Gimenez, 50, befriended the family and was sexually abusing Angel and his 11-year-old brother, police said. Gimenez had planned to take Angel and the 11-year-old to New York City so the trio could start a new life.
When Gimenez and Angel were arrested on Saturday, investigators found a garbage can, half filled with concrete, inside Gimenez's home on Sherwood Street.
On Tuesday, Lt. Kenneth Bienko said homicide detectives and Buffalo firefighters used an air-powered chisel to chip away the concrete in the garbage can.
"We didn't do any damage to the head or hands," said Lt. Kenneth Bienko, commander of the Buffalo Police Department's Homicide Squad. "We pretty much have most of her body now."
On Aug. 23, the woman's body parts were first found in the Black Rock Channel inside a suitcase weighted down by a 20-pound bag of rice. Police found other body parts Saturday in a dumpster at Hampshire Street and West Avenue.
Angel and Gimenez were arrested after homicide detectives traced the body parts back to Irene through a "paid" sticker on the bag of rice she had purchased at a local grocery store.
On Monday, detectives' suspicions were confirmed when a high-powered X-ray machine detected the outline of a human skull encased in the hardened concrete in the garbage can.
Police say Irene was murdered at her Fargo Avenue home on Aug 18. The 5-foot-6, 135-pound woman was described by neighbors as "deeply religious," adding that she went to church about four times a week.
State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia Tuesday appointed Joseph J. Terranova to represent Gimenez and Robert J. Cutting to represent Angel.
News Staff Reporter Matt Gryta contributed to this article.