msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 5/17/2011 1:37:16 PM ET 2011-05-17T17:37:16

Russian authorities arrested a man Tuesday in connection with dismembered body parts that were scattered around Moscow, police said according to reports.

The suspect was arrested after police found a stew made from a human liver in a fridge at his Moscow apartment, the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

The Agence France Presse identified him as Nikolai Shadrin, citing an Investigative Committee statement.

"During a search of the apartment, tools used to dismember the victim and a human liver were found," the statement reportedly said.

Police found a decapitated head in the Moskva River on Wednesday and an arm severed at the wrist in water at Tsaritsino Park on May 2, Novosti reported. Two feet, a hand and another arm were later discovered around the city, AFP reported.

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The victim was identified as Ilya Yegorov.

"Detectives established the identity of the dead body by taking fingerprints," police spokesman Alexei Savelyev said according to Novosti. "After that police tracked down the suspected offender through a circle of the deceased's friends."

Police say they believe the murder suspect tried to cover up his crime by scattering his victim's body parts across the city, reports said.

The suspect reportedly has a history of mental illness and has been a patient in a psychiatric asylum.

The grisly story emerged just days after a would-be cannibal who was wounded during an undercover police operation died in Slovakia.

Police believe the man used the Internet to search for a person who wanted to commit suicide and would agree to let him eat the body. A Swiss citizen initially agreed but later changed his mind and informed authorities.

Police said information from a computer that belonged to the suspected cannibal also lead police to a grave containing the remains of two women. The women were in a shallow grave in the woods near the eastern town of Kysak.

Msnbc.com staff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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