Gruesome details emerge after woman's mutilated body found in U-Haul box as cops say she was hacked with machete or ax

GRUESOME details are emerging after a woman's mutilated body was found in a U-Haul box.

A man was caught on camera disposing of a blood-stained box allegedly containing the woman's body.

That man, Miguel Moreno, is now in custody on charges of evidence tampering.

Moreno's bond was set at $500,000 after he appeared in front of a judge on April 20, when new details emerged in the case.

Investigators say a resident found a suspicious-looking box in the parking lot of an apartment in southwest Houston.

Neighbors reportedly called the cops after a foul odor was detected from the box.


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The woman's body was found in the box. She has yet to be identified, but is said to be in her 30s.

It is unknown how long she had been dead. It's also unclear what, if any, connection Moreno had to the woman.

The box was inspected by the Medical Examiner's Office and discovered the woman's body was wrapped in plastic and sheets, according to investigators.

Court statements allege the victim was suffering from face fractures and cuts from either a machete or an ax.

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Moreno, originally from Mexico, has been a Houston resident for 25 years.

He has resided in the apartment where the box was discovered for six years.

Police executed a search warrant on his residence and discovered a mattress covered in blood, sheets, and plastic, The New York Post reports.

Blood was also found in other parts of the apartment.

Moreno allegedly told police he had not been in his apartment and that someone had broken in and left the U-Haul box there.

He claims to have moved it outside due to the odor.

But when cops asked why he didn't alert them of the box and smell, Moreno allegedly told them he didn't want to get into trouble, the Post reports.

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Moreno is a painter and has three children – one adult child and two minors.

His criminal record dates back to 1995 and includes DWI, criminal mischief, and other charges.

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