Russian authorities investigating possible cannibalism case
Photo/Wikimedia — Krasnodar
MOSCOW — Investigators in southern Russia are looking into a possible cannibalism case.
Officials said Monday that it detained a 35-year olf Dmitry Baksheev and his wife, Natalia Baksheeva, 42, in the city of Krasnodar. He is suspected of killing a woman in an abandoned house earlier this month after a drunken brawl.
They said the investigation began when construction workers found a cellphone with photographs of the man posing with body parts, according to The Washington Post.
The investigators said they searched the man's home and found body parts in jars of brine and pieces of meat of "an unknown origin" in the kitchen. The investigators, however, stopped short of calling it a cannibalism case, saying that they are still testing the samples.
The pair worked at times in the kitchen of a military academy and Natalia Baksheeva allegedly sold meat pies telling people that they were made with "whatever's around," according to one report.
The statement from Russian investigators follows local media reports about several cases of cannibalism in the city.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.