by: Trish Williford Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The victim in the Dove Tree Lane homicide has been identified as Mara Garcia, 36. The suspect, who was found dead earlier today from an apparent suicide, has been identified as 29-year-old Lenin Noel Turcios Corea, according to detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide/ADW Unit.
Police said the two were involved in a romantic relationship and were living together.
According to a document Channel 9 obtained from the courthouse, some of the materials used in the crime were purchased at a Walmart on North Tryon Street.
The photos were taken two Sunday’s ago at Walmart at 7:51 a.m.
Court documents say that day Corea purchased a hatchet, shovel, gas container and motor oil.
Detectives say Corea went to the Walmart in a green SUV which appears to be a Toyota 4Runner.
Garcia's dismembered body was discovered in two pieces of luggage on Sunday -- the same day as her birthday.
After the surveillance picture aired of a person of interest connected to the crime, police received tips which led them to the Corea.
Corea was found at his apartment on Countryside Drive and had apparently killed himself.
Police said neighbors in the Woodland Hollow apartment complex spotted an SUV in the parking lot and smelled a strong odor coming from the vehicle. They called police, who found Garcia's dismembered body in the trunk Sunday.
Detectives surrounded the North Charlotte apartment complex off Country Side Drive. It's located one block away from where Garcia's body was found.
The documents also state another neighbor saw Corea standing outside the apartment crying.
When she asked what was wrong, he told her his girlfriend had left him, moved back to Mexico and was never coming back.
Investigators say they also found cocaine inside the apartment.
People who live in the neighborhood recognized Corea from the surveillance pictures.
"They were actually always to themselves. They didn't come out much," said one neighbor.
So far, there's no word on a motive for the crime.
Neighbors said the couple had lived there for about a year.
"Wow, that's the first I ever heard it," resident Lethea Ingram said earlier Tuesday afternoon.
She just learned the news about the gruesome discovery.
"It's probably somebody's daughter, somebody's mother, and it's just sad," she said.
"You got to be very cautious of your whereabouts these days because there are a lot of strange things happening," said Edward Winguard.
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