Philadelphia police officers responding to a burglary call in Somerton on Thursday morning followed a U-Haul that drove away from the scene and, after pulling the driver over, found a dismembered body inside a trash bag in the back of the truck, authorities said.
Sgt. Eric Gripp, a police spokesperson, said 7th District officers responded to the report of a burglary with a U-Haul truck in front of a property on the 1000 block of Sanibel Street around 9 a.m. When the officers arrived, they saw the truck begin to drive away and followed it to the intersection of Kelvin and Foster Streets.
The driver of the truck pulled over, Gripp said, and as officers approached, the driver got out of the vehicle and said, “‘I don’t want anything to do with this, and there’s a body in the back.’”
Police said a weapon was also found in the back of the truck.
The driver and another man in the truck were taken into custody. Police did not identify them or the victim, or say how or if the suspects knew him.
Staff photographer Alejandro A. Alvarez contributed to this article.