Miami man confesses to cutting off aunt's head, police say

Edwin Ramirez-Mejia arrested after decapitated body found at garbage dump

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

MIAMI - An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found decapitated at a Hialeah garbage dump.

Workers at Waste Connection found the body Monday and called police.

Edwin Ramirez-Mejia was arrested early Thursday on charges of second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body.

According to a Hialeah police report, the victim was Ramirez-Mejia's aunt. She was identified as Silvia Karina Castillo-Castillo.

Police said Ramirez-Mejia told them she agreed to meet with him at his Miami apartment to discuss their business they had together when she fainted and fell to the ground.

Silvia Karina Castillo-Castillo's decapitated body was found at Waste Connection in Hialeah.

Ramirez-Mejia said he couldn't feel a pulse, so he took a large kitchen knife and cut off her head "to hide her identity," the police report said.

"The defendant severed the victim's neck to the point of decapitation," the report said.

Police said Ramirez-Mejia later changed his story and said they got into a fight about his aunt's lover when she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and tried to stab him. Ramirez-Mejia said he cut her several times with the knife during the struggle and then walked her into the bathroom, threw her into the bathtub and started to cut her neck.

Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said the victim's head wasn't found with the body, so detectives are investigating to try to find out "where the rest of the garbage went."

Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer ordered that Ramirez-Mejia remain in jail without bond.

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