SEDALIA, Mo. - Investigators used cadaver dogs to search for any more human remains in Sedalia after a landlord first discovered a body part Sunday afternoon near a home on Goodwill Chapel Road and called police.
Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said a few hours later, they found more body parts in a wooded area nearby.
"It's not the whole body, it's pieces. How can a person do that?" Becky Deitzman said, who lives up the street from the search area.
Neighbors watched as investigators pulled out pieces of evidence from inside the home. Some items collected included the top of a mattress, pieces of clothing and bottles of bleach.
Amber Howe lives a few doors down from the home. She explained how the landlord first made the discovery.
"They were moving out his stuff because the landlord was going to evict him that's when they found an arm in a cooler,” she said.
Joseph Arbeiter lived in the home but was arrested last Thursday on unrelated charges. Neighbors say he attacked a woman who lived nearby. Arbeiter faces several charges of assault and battery as well as other drug charges.
Police haven't named a suspect in the case of the human remains.
Sheriff Bond couldn't determine how long the body parts had been there. However, people said they smelled an odor for the past couple of days.
"I told my mom. I was like, ‘Mom, what is that smell?’ I was like that was not the dumpster," Howe said.
The Sheriff said there are no recent reports of a missing person in Sedalia.
They're asking anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at (660) 827-TIPS or (660) 827-0052.
The coroner's office in Boone County planned to perform an autopsy on the remains Wednesday morning.