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Ontario trash can remains identified; suspect's children arrested

Carmen Montenegro and two of her children, Daniel and Chanel Ortiz, were arrested on charges related to the murder of Samuel Wiggins Jr.
June 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was identified as the dismembered body discovered in a trash can pushed by a woman in Ontario Sunday.

Diamond Bar resident Samuel Wiggins Jr., 63, was identified as the man, Ontario police said Wednesday night.

Ontario detectives had searched the residence of Wiggins Tuesday night on the 23700 block of Meadow Fall Drive in Diamond Bar.

On Wednesday investigators searched a residence on the 6000 block of Foster Bridge Rd. in Bell Gardens. Police found additional body parts in two large flower pots, according to the Ontario department.

The San Bernardino County Coroner found that body parts found in the trash can Sunday and at the Bell Gardens residence Wednesday belonged to Wiggins.

Police said the entire body of Wiggins had been recovered.

Wiggins had been reported missing on May 1 to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept.

Carmen Montenegro, 51, was arrested Sunday after neighbors reported her to police when she was seen wheeling a trash can containing human remains. Wiggins is a past boyfriend of Montenegro's.

Ontario Police arrested two children of Montenegro's, Riverside residents Daniel Ortiz, 25, and Chanel Ortiz, 26, as accessories in the murder of Wiggins. They were arrested during a traffic stop by Ontario officers Wednesday and booked as accessories to murder.

The investigation remained ongoing Wednesday night.

Anyone with information related to the case should contact the Ontario Police Dept. at (909) 395-2752.

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