Video: Woman arrested after body parts found in trash

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updated 5/31/2011 5:21:10 PM ET 2011-05-31T21:21:10

California authorities say a San Bernardino woman was arrested for investigation of murder after she was seen pushing a trash can with body parts inside.

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Police arrested 51-year-old Carmen Montenegro Sunday night in an Ontario neighborhood.

"Human remains could be seen and she had evidence on her that seemed to be consistent that she was involved with disposal of the body," detective Jeff Crittenden told KTLA-TV.

According to the San Bernardino County Sun, the contents of the trash can contained the partial remains of an unidentified man. Officials declined to say which body parts were present or missing.

Montenegro reportedly walked the trash can 200 yards along a sidewalk — from a home she may have lived in — until her arrest.

"I personally didn't see it. I just know that it is something you would not normally see in the middle of the daytime," Crittenden said.

Investigators spent Monday excavating the property outside the home where the body is believed to have come from. A detective says they found what may be bodily fluids in part of the yard.

According to the reports, police believe the man's remains were dug up from the backyard of the home. Upon searching the property, Crittenden told the Sun that authorities found a hole dug in the lawn.

Residents of the neighborhood told the Sun that the home is owned by a relative of Montenegro's. According to reports, Montenegro has lived in the residence on and off for at least 15 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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