A Michigan man is behind bars facing felony charges after he allegedly cut up a woman’s body and stored her parts in a freezer for weeks. If not for an anonymous tip, she likely would have still been there, according to police.
CBS 3 reports that police arrested 35-year-old Wade Allen on Wednesday, in connection with the death of 42-year-old Kelly-Jien Warner-Miller. A neighbor, according to the outlet. said Allen knocked the woman unconscious during a fight. He later allegedly mutilated her body and stored the parts in a freezer inside his apartment off of Maple Street in Sturgis.
St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney John McDonough declined to give specifics of the murder, but a neighbor reportedly said the suspect is accused of using a hacksaw to dismember Warner-Miller. Police found the victim’s remains after they received an anonymous tip.
Cheri Gilson, a next-door neighbor of Allen, told local reporters that the man was odd. She said she sensed something was off after noticing a foul smell coming from Allen’s apartment.
"GRUESOME DISCOVERY" | Acting on a tip, police in Sturgis, Michigan found the body of a 42-year-old woman chopped into pieces inside Wade Allen's apartment on Wednesday. https://t.co/DhPxSJIhuP
— WCJB-TV20 (@WCJB20) May 24, 2019
“Me and my daughter were smelling stuff for two weeks, and it smelled like something was dead,” Gilson explained.
Gilson said the suspect was so odd that it made her feel uncomfortable.
“He was quiet but he was weird. It got to the point where I didn’t want him in here.”
On the day the victim likely died, Gilson claimed that Allen told her Warner-Miller slipped and hit her head in the bathroom. Allen allegedly told Gilson that the victim left his home afterward.
“He told me she slipped in the bathroom and hit her head, and that he thought she had a skull fracture. I said, ‘take her ER.’ He said, ‘No I’m taking care of her.’ He told me she left.”
Other neighbors confirmed that the couple argued often.
“They would be just arguing and sometimes cops would show up. Sometimes they’d stop arguing and just drive off,” neighbor Marcos Olivera said.
Gilson added that the suspect admitted to her that he had issues with violence that he was allegedly working to resolve.
“He told me he was a woman abuser and was working on it. He came over here all mad, saying he was going to whoop her with the belt. I should have called the police.”
Allen is behind bars on one count of open murder and one count disinterment and mutilation of a dead body. He scheduled for a June 4 court hearing. According to ABC 57, the suspect was denied bond.
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[Feature Photo: Wade Allen/Police Handout]