Authorities in Pacific, Missouri are warning residents to be on the lookout for body parts after a suspect was charged in the killing and dismembering his girlfriend.
On Thursday Vernell Loggins, 37, had a video arraignment in Franklin County. He has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Stephanie Fields, 26. The couple lived together at the Monroe Woods Apartment Complex near Frontage Road not far from Six Flags.
Officials with the Major Case Squad say that Fields' body had been cut into pieces. Some of her body parts were placed in a dumpster near the apartment complex where they were found Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say that some of the body parts are missing, and may have been strewn around the area. While not going into any details, prosecutors want residents to be aware and call police if they find anything.
Detectives were back on the scene Thursday to search for more body parts.
A special cadaver dog was also brought in as authorities ventutred into a thick wooded area that is behind the apartment complex and borders along I-44.
News 4 has also been told that the Major Case Squad is focusing on another area to search for parts of the victim, along I-44 at the Lewis Road exit. A police source told News 4 the search is an area that Loggins has told investigators he left a part of his girlfriend, right off the side of the highway. So far the searching has been difficult. News 4 was told that police are looking for at least three parts.
Authorities say that they have security video of Loggins leaving the Eureka Wal-Mart with trash bags.
A break in the case came when investigators found a trash bag full of bloody rags. That bag also contained a piece of mail addressed to the suspect.
Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks says it appears that the murder was the result of a domestic dispute.
Loggins is being held in the Franklin County Jail on $1 million bond.