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Human Remains Found In Trash Can Belong to Diamond Bar Man

Authorities today said the human remains being wheeled around in a trash can by a woman in Ontario were those of a Diamond Bar man who had been her boyfriend.

The San Bernardino County coroner’s office identified the remains as those of Samuel Wiggins Jr., 63, who was last seen by relatives on May 1, Ontario police Sgt. David McBride said.

On Sunday, police arrested the woman — 51-year-old Carmen Montenegro — after receiving several calls describing a woman who was seen wheeling a trash can containing possible body parts, McBride said.

A murder charge was filed against Montenegro on Tuesday, McBride said.

On Wednesday, police arrested Montenegro’s son and daughter — Daniel Ortiz, 25, and Chanel Ortiz, 26, both of Riverside. They were booked as accessories to murder.

During the investigation, investigators searched a residence in Ontario, where detectives believe the remains being wheeled around by Montenegro were buried until Sunday.

On Tuesday, investigators searched Wiggins’ Diamond Bar home in the 23700 block of Meadow Fall Drive, and discovered a crime scene, McBride said.

On Wednesday, detectives searched a residence in the 6000 block of Foster Bridge Road in Bell Gardens, and found additional body parts found buried in two large flower pots that allegedly were brought there by Montenegro and her son, McBride said.

All the remains were determined to be those of Wiggins, McBride said.

“The entire body has been recovered,” McBride said.

Copyright © 2011 City News Service

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