Man Arrested After Police Find Something Disturbing

| by Sean Kelly
a trashcan containing a suitcase with a dead body in ita trashcan containing a suitcase with a dead body in it

The body of a young woman was found inside of a suitcase in downtown San Diego, California.

Following an interview with homicide detectives on April 8, Joshua Palmer, a 33-year-old San Diego man, was booked into jail on a count of murder for 21-year-old Shauna Haynes' death after her body was found in a suitcase inside of a trash can behind the Chadwick Hotel.

Haynes' Facebook reportedly featured a photo of she and Palmer together on March 6. Though investigators have yet to determine a cause of death or how long she was dead at the time of the discovery, the Medical Examiner's Office said she was fatally injured within the past week.

Two men who lived at the Chadwick Hotel called police to report suspicious circumstances. One of the men said he pushed the trash can and noticed it felt heavy. The other said he found the suitcase on the ground near several trash cans.

The first officer on scene confirmed there was a body in the suitcase when he opened the zipper halfway and noticed human remains, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Another man who found the suitcase spoke to KNSD about the incident, but preferred to remain anonymous.

"I was taking out the garbage and I went around to the back of the building and saw a black garbage can, one of them was turned over," the man said. "I dropped it and looked down and saw hair, black hair coming out...because it was zipped up, but you could still see the hair."

San Diego Police Department Lt. Ray Valentin told KNSD, "He looked at it, determined that it looked a little suspicious, and that’s when he called police." 

"There are a lot of windows that look down into the parking lot of where the suitcase was located," Valentin said. "Detectives will be combing those locations to see what they find."

Residents in the area of the crime scene reacted to the incident.

"Scary as hell," resident David Bloomer told KNSD. "Just goes to show when you think things are safe they’re usually not. Frightening when you consider the perimeter, it’s very close to our living situation.”

Sources: San Diego Union-Tribune, KNSD / Photo credit: Pauline Repard/San Diego Union-Tribune

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