Texas man arrested after mother find remains of 23-year-old woman in recycling bin stashed in his room

Alex Akpan, 24, has been charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Irene Yemitan. He appeared in court on Thursday wearing a shirt that read '#Lightthefuture' 

By ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Texas man is behind bars after he allegedly killed a woman and hid her body in a recycling bin, only for it to be discovered by his own mother.

Alex Akpan, 24, has been charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Irene Yemitan.

Yemitan’s body was found on September 5 when Akpan’s mother went into her son’s bedroom at the home they both share and saw a green recycling bin.

She found it strange the bin was in her son’s room instead of the backyard. When she lifted the lid, she discovered a human foot.

Irene Yemitan (pictured) was discovered on September 5 when Akpan's mother went into her son's bedroom at the home they both share and saw a green recycling bin

Akpan’s mother then tipped over the bin and found Yemitan’s body inside. She called her ex-husband and they alerted authorities and attempted CPR.

Yemitan, an aspiring beauty stylist and student at Houston Community College, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said there were no obvious signs of trauma on Yemitan’s body, but noted her eyes seemed to signify that she had been strangled.

The county medical examiner has since determined that strangulation was the cause of death.

A witness told police that Yemitan had only met Akpan a few days before her death.

The witness and Yemitan had been at West Oaks Mall when they befriended Akpan, a fellow HCC student who was studying computer science.

Yemitan and Akpan began exchanging phone calls and text messages and she had gone over to his house with the witness on several occasions.

The witness said she had been at Akpan’s house with Yemitan the day before her body was discovered, according to the Houston Chronicle.

She told police that Akban became upset that day because Yemitan parked her car on the street, scaring them as he threw a chair and screamed and cursed at them.

Yemitan had posted a video on her YouTube page just a day before her body was discovered that was titled ‘LIFE UPDATE?’

In the video she revealed to friends and family that she had been busy with school.

‘Where have I been? What have I been doing? Hold up, I have some explaining to do,’ she told her viewers.

‘I’ve been at school, that’s what I’ve been doing. School, living my best life,’ she happily told the camera.

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