A mother has been found dead, her dismembered remains wrapped in plastic and bags, as the man charged in her death is linked to another missing woman.
Manijeh “Mani” Starren, 34, of Saint Paul, Minnesota, was reported missing by her father on May 1 after she had not heard from her since April 21.
Months later, Starren’s dismembered remains were found wrapped in plastic bags and bags in a cooler in a storage room.
Starren’s boyfriend, Joseph S. Jorgenson, 40, was charged with her murder on Friday.
Police said Friday they are also investigating Jorgensen in connection with the disappearance of 33-year-old Fanta Xayavong, who was last seen with him in July 2021.
According to police, Xayavong was not reported missing until May 2023.
“She has a connection to Jorgensen and to be perfectly clear, we are concerned for her safety as well,” Saint Paul Sargent Mike Ernster said.
According to her father, Starren, a mother of three, struggled with drug addiction and mental health issues law and crime.
She should have gone to a drug treatment center before her disappearance but never went there.
Starren’s father said she appeared scared of a friend named Joe, who once wrapped a rope around her neck when “things got out of hand,” according to court documents obtained by the outlet.
According to the documents, police found evidence that someone was “seriously injured or killed” and what appears to have been an attempt by someone to “clean up the blood in Staren’s apartment.”
There was blood in the living room and kitchen. There were signs of damage such as a cracked TV screen and broken glass from the microwave.
According to court documents, surveillance footage obtained by authorities on April 21 shows Staren and Jorgensen outside their home.
According to the documents, Starren was seen running from her apartment when Jorgenson caught up with her, grabbed her and pushed her back into her apartment.
“Jorgenson is the only one coming out of this unit and Mani will never be seen again,” Ernster said on Friday.
Police arrested Jorgenson Monday after finding an April 5 Facebook post in which he allegedly threatened Starren.
“You now owe me 2 because you called the police 2 times. I was fully aware that this would be punished by hanging. “I’m giving you this bargain opportunity,” the message said.
Police said Jorgenson was barricaded in his apartment when the SWAT team came for him. He is said to have started a fire and tried to fend off the officers.
Authorities earlier this week uncovered a storage device using Jorgenson’s phone data.
Outside the storage unit, police smelled a strong odor suggesting rotting flesh, the outlet reports.
Investigators said they found a green shopping bag containing cleaning supplies, a large plastic-wrapped cooler, a blue holdall and a small carry-on suitcase.
“There appeared to be a torso within the large cooler that was pulled from the device,” the complaint reads.
“The arms and legs appeared to be in the large bag and a head was in the smaller cooler removed from the unit.”
According to court records, the torso and head were wrapped in layers of cling film and bags.
“The remains consist of two arms, two thighs and the remaining parts of the legs and feet, which were also wrapped in a large amount of cling film,” the doctors said.
Jorgenson faces charges of second-degree murder, arson, threats of violence and disarming an officer who resisted his arrest.