Husband questioned in wife's murder

March 12, 2008 8:45:50 PM PDT
There is new information about a murder mystery in Queens Wednesday.A suitcase filled with bones was discovered last week by a group of teenagers in a park in Woodhaven.

The victim has now been identified and her husband is being questioned.

Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda has the story from Richmond Hill.

Her name means "queen," but she was treated worse than an animal. She was killed, her body mutilated, put in a bag and tossed. Investigators are desperately trying to find the rest of her body.

Reina Reyes de los Santos vanished in June, seemingly without a trace until until the bones found in a suitcase thrown in the woods turned out to be the young mother. Now, the husband who launched a desperate search for his wife is being questioned in connection with her murder.

"For something like that to happen so close to where I live is scary," neighbor Jose Rivas said.

Edwin Fuentes talked to police last week after four boys playing in the park made the ghastly discovery. But the husband and father was released. The medical examiner, NYPD and Suffolk County police, who leant their canine unit to investigators, descended on the family's home Wednesday, looking for the rest of the body. Fuentes was taken into custody.

"When somebody's found, the bones, that means you took the person and cut them in pieces," Rivas said. "So to me, that's premeditated."

And that is what detectives are trying to figure out. Police are questioning the husband, wondering if he will be able to lead them to the rest of the body.