A PAEDOPHILE who skinned his wife left her body in such a state that police were unable to tell if she was male or female, his sister-in-law has claimed.
Justin Rey, 36, was convicted of endangering and possessing indecent videos of children in Olathe, Kansas, US, yesterday but not of his wife’s murder.
Jessica Rey’s remains were found in containers in the storage unit the family had been living in.
Her body was chopped up in a bathtub and had been “skinned like a fish” when it was found.
Jessica’s body had to be identified by her hands because it was so badly dismembered.
Her sister Sarah Monteiro said the body was “just stuff” when it was found.
Sarah told Metro: “He skinned her like a fish, and then dismembered her inside and out.”
SKINNED LIKE A FISH
Police were unable to find any evidence to convict Rey of her murder in October last year.
During his preliminary hearing in November Rey claimed he had kept her remains to stop his two daughters from being taken away.
He said: “It’s something I had to do. My family is very dear to me. It’s something I had to do to protect my family.”
But Sarah is adamant that he was involved in her death.
She is now calling for wilful dismemberment of a corpse to be criminalised in all US states.
Sarah said: “The medical examiner had to write undetermined (on the death certificate).
“She did have stab wounds, but they can’t determine if they were inflicted before or after she died, because of the way she was cut up.
It’s neglectful homicide. Why isn’t that a charge?
“It’s neglectful homicide. Why isn’t that a charge?”
Jessica had given birth to a baby girl at a Kansas City motel last year and took her life shortly afterwards, Rey said in court.
Rey purposefully did not call the emergency services and instead chopped up her body in the bathtub because he was scared the authorities would take away his two daughters.
He is said to have spent hours dismembering Jessica’s body before stuffing it in a fridge.
Rey is also charged with abandonment with a corpse in Missouri and with the murder of Sean Ty Ferel, from Palm Springs, California.
Police Ferel disappeared after going on holiday with Rey in 2016.
Though his body hasn’t been found, his blood was found in the boot of his car after Rey was involved in an accident with the vehicle months after the disappearance.
Rey claimed Ferel died of natural causes and he burned him in Arizona.
Last October police found Rey with his newborn baby girl and two-year-old daughter staying at a storage locker.
One officer said that the older girl “almost looked like she had cancer”.
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He was arrested and his kids were swiftly taken into police custody.
Police detective Shannon Murphy testified that Rey had the kids pose for photos with Jessica’s body before he skinned her.
Rey then told Murphy he put the body parts that would not flush down the toilet into containers.
Sentencing will take place in March 2017.
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