Body In Suitcase Mystery Solved

Published on September 07, 2011, 3:51 am
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A Bronx woman admitted Tuesday stuffing her dead roommate in a suitcase and ditching him outside an abandoned house – but insisted she did nothing wrong, sources said.

Monique Exum, 36, packed roommate Johnny Davis, 73, up after finding him dead in their Fish Avenue apartment on May 31, 2011, prosecutors said. She insists she only removed the body to avoid trouble.

According to her, she was told by a friend that if someone dies in your apartment you go to jail.

So she wheeled the suitcase down three flights of stairs to the porch of an abandoned house at 1309 Needham Avenue in Williamsbridge, prosecutors said. She wrote “rest in peace” on a strip of cardboard and left it atop the luggage.

And there Davis’ corpse sat for three months – until a neighbor on Sunday called cops to report a suspicious package. Investigators found his badly decomposed body inside and tracked down Exum.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Exum was charged with improper body removal and is being held on $500 bond. The police continues to investigate.

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