The woman whose body parts were found at a waste sorting facility in The Bronx and whose head and other remains were discovered in a freezer in Brooklyn has been identified by relatives as the girlfriend of the prime suspect in the case.
Sandra Figueroa and Kenneth Foster have revealed to local media outlets this week that the slaughtered victim was their daughter, 32-year-old Leondra foster.
Although the Medical Examiner’s Office has not officially identified the deceased woman as of Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation confirmed that Foster was the victim.
The woman’s boyfriend, convicted sex offender Somorie Moses, 40, was arrested on Sunday on charges of concealment of a human corpse and tampering with evidence after police say they found his girlfriend’s head, hands and feet stuffed inside the freezer in his Flatbush apartment.
Sources tell NBC4 New York The Bronx district attorney is expected to charge Moses with homicide in Foster’s killing.
In an interview with the New York Post Tuesday, Kenneth Foster claimed that his daughter had been subjected to months of domestic abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, Moses, before her killing and dismemberment
‘He has a thing against women,’ Foster said of the suspect. ‘We tried to get her to leave him, but she would just get mad at us.’
The bereaved father called Somorie Moses ‘an animal’ and said he deserved medieval torture for the rest of his days.
Speaking to the Spanish-language network Univision, Sandra Figueroa said her daughter Leondra was a caring mother-of-one.
She added that it hurts her knowing that her child died a violent death, followed by butchery.
Somorie Moses’ arrest came just days after workers at the Metropolitan Transfer Station on Halleck Street in the Hunts Points section of The Bronx came upon a female torso and a leg without a foot in the trash.
Employees at the privately owned Metropolitan Transfer Station unearthed a woman’s torso and leg at 4.40am last Tuesday and notified the NYPD.
Waste from all areas across the city ends up at the Bronx facility, where it is collected and destroyed.
Crime scene investigators later found additional human remains, including a right arm and a left arm, both without hands, in Kearny, New Jersey, according to NBC4.
Police say they used surveillance video at the Hunts Point waste-processing plant and phone records to identify and track down Moses to his apartment on Erasmus Street in Brooklyn.
Moses was arraigned on Sunday in Bronx Supreme Court and ordered held without bail after a prosecutor argued that he was a flight risk and revealed that at the time of his arrest, the suspect knocked over a police officer during a failed attempt to flee, according to the New York Daily News.
Moses is a registered Level 2 sex offender who was convicted in 2006 on charges of promoting prostitution of a girl younger than 16 and profiting from prostitution.
His criminal record also includes no fewer than eight arrests on charges that included rape and patronizing a prostitute.
In 2003, Moses was picked up in connection to a non-fatal shooting incident. He was released from prison in 2016 after serving more than three years on an unrelated weapons charge, according to amNY.