The body parts of a deceased woman were found blocking a sewer after her boyfriend reportedly chopped her up and flushed them all down the toilet.
Family members of Ksenia Ptichkina, 21, became worried and reported her missing after she left her home in the city of Kemerovo, southern Russia on May 20, StarHit.ru reports.
Concerns were raised after she failed to come home or answer her phone, her family said.
A search for the 21-year-old was launched, with volunteers desperately giving up their time to help.
But, on Monday, May 24, city workers found human remains as they unclogged a sewer system – and reported them to the police.
Fragments of human skin and hair were sent for a DNA test, which subsequently found the dismembered body parts belonged to Ksenia.
The gruesome find was reportedly made in the sewer system of the apartment block where her boyfriend lived.
Reports say the man, whose identity has not been disclosed by the authorities, was taken to a local police station where he was questioned.
According to reports, he confessed to killing and chopping up the victim before flushing her body parts down the toilet.
Police are yet to comment on the motives behind the horrific murder and the suspect, who has been arrested and placed into custody, faces up to 15 years in prison for murder if he is convicted.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Ksenia worked for the city administration and had good career prospects, according to her mum.
Her tragic death came as a shock to colleagues, who described her as a kind and positive person.
It is not yet known where and when Xenia’s funeral will take place.
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