JOPPATOWNE, Md. (WUSA) -- A cannibalistic killer in Maryland? A Morgan State University student admits to murdering his roommate and then eating parts of his heart and brain.
Twenty-one-year-old Alexander Kinyua is charged with first degree murder for allegedly cutting up his roommate's body with a knife and then stashing the body parts in his family's home in Joppatowne.
"I am just as perplexed as anybody else. I am shocked that something like this that would occur in my county. In my 40 years in law enforcement, I've never seen anything like this in Harford County," said Sheriff Jesse Bane.
The victim is believed to be 37-year-old Kujoe Agyei-Kodie from Ghana. The two lived together with Kinyua's family while attending Morgan State University. Kodie was reported missing last Friday. Now, the sheriff's waiting for the medical examiner to make sure it's a match.
"Kinyua has admitted to cutting him up and consuming parts of his organs, his heart and parts of his brain," said Sheriff Bane.
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Investigators say they found a human head and two hands inside the home on Wednesday. Kinyua then told them they could find the rest of the victim's body in a dumpster in a church parking lot less than a mile away.
"It's horrible. We cannot believe what has taken place," said Heather Naulty, who lives a few doors down. "We see the family coming and going. They've always seemed like really good people. They are good people. We can't believe what's happened."
According to charging documents, it was Kinyua's family who turned him in. His brother found the body parts in the basement and his father called police. The confession came quick, but an explanation for why he did what he said he did never came.
"He said nothing about that and he gave no motive at this time," said Sheriff Bane.
At the time of his arrest, Kinyua was already out on bond for attacking another student with a baseball bat two weeks ago. He is now being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center.