A New York City landlord who was reported missing Monday was reportedly found dead Tuesday in a garbage bag at her New Jersey family home, leading to the arrests of her son and his girlfriend.
WABC reported that Paula Chin, 65, was last seen at her New York City apartment. Authorities not only discovered her body in Morristown, New Jersey, but they arrested her son Jared Eng, 22, his girlfriend, Caitlyn O’Rourke, 21, and Jennifer Lopez, 18, in connection with her death.
Citing a criminal complaint, WABC reported that Eng confessed to O’Rourke that he killed his mother and it took “a while [for her] to die.” From there, he allegedly asked for O’Rourke and Lopez’s help in transporting her body to her weekend home in New Jersey.
Prosecutors said they’ve obtained surveillance footage from last Thursday showing Lopez backing a vehicle up to Chin’s apartment before someone’s seen putting a large duffel bag into the trunk.
According to The New York Times, O’Rourke admitted that they put Chin’s body in a garbage container near her Morristown home, adding that she attempted to wash her clothes in a washing machine located on the property.
The criminal complaint stated that a search of the New Jersey home produced bloody rubber gloves and blood stains. Law enforcement wrote that bloody gloves and traces of blood were also located at Chin’s New York apartment.
Chin’s older son is said to have reported her missing. Sources told WNBC that Chin shared a New York City apartment with at least one of her sons.
While it appears Chin’s throat was slashed, authorities are awaiting an autopsy to confirm a cause of death. Investigators believe Chin’s death occurred during an altercation about money, according to WABC.
Eng reportedly denied killing his mother, claiming he went to the New Jersey home to get his coin collection so he could pay rent.
The three suspects are charged with concealment of a corpse as authorities determine if and how they were involved in Chin’s murder.
Eng remains jailed without bail while O’Rourke and Lopez are being held on $50,000 and $100,000 bail, respectively.
[Featured image: Paula Chin/Facebook]