Police arrested a Texas man Monday in reference to a triple murder after dismembered our bodies had been present in a burning dumpster in Fort Value, authorities mentioned.
The suspect, Jason Alan Thornburg, 41, confessed to 2 different killings, one in Fort Value and one other out of state, Fort Value police mentioned. The killings had been a part of a biblical sacrifice, authorities mentioned in courtroom paperwork cited by NBC Dallas-Fort Value.
Firefighters made the grisly discovery final week after they put out the fireplace after which discovered physique elements inside. The dismembered stays of a person and two girls had been discovered burned within the dumpster, police mentioned Tuesday. Police initially mentioned a baby was among the many victims, however they now say that was an incorrect interpretation of the proof on the time.
Fort Value Police Chief Neil Noakes praised his detectives, saying it “might have been chilly case if not for his or her diligent efforts.”
“That is surprising, it is unsettling, and we knew bringing somebody to justice on this case was paramount,” he mentioned at a information convention.
Investigators checked out surveillance video close to the dumpster and instantly homed in on a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a mannequin between 2005 and 2010, police Sgt. Joe Loughman instructed reporters.
A search of native data confirmed 7,000 vehicles of that make and mannequin and people years, however the identify of 1 registered proprietor jumped out at detectives, Thornburg’s, as a result of he was the prime suspect in one other homicide this 12 months, Loughman mentioned.
Detectives discovered Thornburg residing on the Mid Metropolis Inn in close by Euless, and surveillance video there confirmed him “carrying plastic bins with what we consider to be physique elements of our victims,” Loughman mentioned.
“That topic made a number of journeys to and from that location so as to add extra objects to the again of his automotive,” Loughman mentioned.
Police alleged that after detectives picked him up, Thornburg admitted to the triple slaying involving the dumpster, the opposite homicide wherein he was underneath investigation and another slaying out of state.
Thornburg had been working as an electrician’s apprentice.
“He doesn’t have an intensive legal historical past. He would not have an extensively violent legal historical past,” Loughman mentioned. “He didn’t give us any particulars that might have the ability to confirm why any person would do one thing like this.”
Thornburg was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Tarrant County jail data didn’t present whether or not he had employed an lawyer but.