Man allegedly dismembered wife’s body in front of kids at hotel; remains found in storage unit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man arrested at a storage unit in Missouri with his two children and the remains of his wife faces new charges as court documents reveal disturbing details in the case.

Justin Rey, 35, is charged with murdering his wife, abandoning her corpse and endangering the welfare of a child, according to WDAF.

Police said Justin and Jessica Rey's children, a 2-year-old and a newborn born on October 20, were in a Kansas City hotel room as Justin dismembered and disposed of their mother's body, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Jessica's dismembered body was found in a cooler at a Lenexa storage facility on October 24.

Jessica Rey

When Justin was arrested, he told police his wife delivered their baby in the bathtub of a hotel room near I-70 and Stadium Drive, where they had been staying since September 25. He told police he used a plastic fastener and a shoestring to secure the umbilical cord.

Justin also told police his wife died after childbirth, and he placed her on the bed and then took pictures with his wife and kids together.

Justin said he spent two days with Jessica's body, Friday and Saturday, before dismembering her and then taking her body in the cooler to the storage facility in Lenexa.

Detectives said Justin admitted cutting up Jessica in the bathtub and then putting her body parts in the cooler. What didn't fit in the cooler, he said he flushed down the toilet or boiled in a pot on the stove.

Lenexa police were tipped off about Justin after the U-haul Storage Facility contacted them, saying he was suspiciously talking about his wife dying while giving birth to their newborn. When police found him at the storage facility, they said he told them his wife had died from suicide after giving birth.

"The suspect spontaneously informed the officers his wife was inside the cooler and looked to the direction of a red and white Igloo style cooler with wheels," the probable cause statement said.

Two weeks ago, when Justin went before a judge in Johnson County, Kansas, where he was charged with child endangerment for allegedly living with the children in the U-haul storage facility, he screamed out in court that his rights were being violated. He denied he and his children were living in the storage unit. He also yelled that he is not mentally unstable.

Jackson County prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000 cash. Justin remains in custody in Johnson County.

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