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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Search warrants released in the case of a woman whose dismembered body was found inside the trunk of a car earlier this week is revealing new details about the case.

According to police, 36-year-old Mara Garcia's body was found in the back of an SUV parked at an apartment complex in northeast Charlotte on Sunday. Police said her body had been dismembered.

Her boyfriend, Lenin Noel Corea, 29, was a person of interest in her killing. He was found dead in his apartment Tuesday on Countryside Drive. Police ruled his death a suicide.

(Warning: The following information may be considered gruesome for some readers. Read with caution)

According to the warrant, officers were called to the complex around 5:59 p.m. on Sunday to investigate a vehicle in the parking lot that was "emitting a foul odor."

Officers say they found a green Toyota 4Runner with Kentucky plates. They could see a black duffle bag on the rear floorboard of the vehicle and say maggots were seen coming out of the bag.

Officers could also see a shovel, a five-gallon gas container and a suitcase with maggots coming out of it in the hatchback portion of the vehicle, according to the report.

The vehicle was reportedly sealed up and towed to the crime scene bay at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

According to the warrant, detectives found "various parts of a dismembered human body in the black duffel bag and suitcase. They also found a hatchet and motor oil in a Walmart bag in the back of the vehicle.

The surveillance photos released by police earlier in the week show a Hispanic male buying the shovel, gas container, hatchet and motor oil at a N. Tryon Street Walmart earlier in the day on Sunday.

Several witnesses came forward and told police they recognized the man in the photos and that he lived in the apartment complex along the 6300-block of Countryside Drive.

They told police that they had not seen Garcia for three weeks.

The county coroner told investigators that the victim was either a white or Hispanic woman who was short and thin. She had been decapitated and dismembered.  She also had four visible distinct tattoos on her body.

A neighbor helped identify Mara Garcia's body by describing several of the tattoos she had, according to the warrant.

She also told police that sometime last week loud music could be heard coming from Corea's apartment and it continued until morning.

The next day, the neighbor encountered Corea outside the front of the apartment and said he was crying. He told her that Garcia had left him, moved to Mexico and was never coming back.

A man also told police that he recognized the person in the surveillance photos as someone that works for him.

He told police that he had not been able to get in touch with him since the week before.

When police search the Countryside Drive apartment they seized money, mail, cell phones, carpeting, a knife, international driver's document and cocaine, according to the search warrant.

Two days after the investigation began, police say Corea committed suicide inside of his apartment.

People who live near by are stunned.

"My grandson stays with me here sometimes," said Jeff McMurray, Corea's neighbor, "He's having a problem sleeping because he actually seen when they brought him out of the house."

"It's kind of weird because he would come out and just stand on the porch," said McMurray, "I didn't really know him like that, but I've been wanting to ask him where's your girlfriend because I hadn't seen her, but I never asked. I just hadn't seen her in a long time."

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