- The Washington Times - Friday, June 18, 2004

Virginia Beach police yesterday said a man whose body parts were found in three suitcases near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel last month apparently was slain in New Jersey, but authorities there said they have not received any information about where the slaying occurred.

“We never made the connection to New Jersey until several weeks into the investigation,” said Sgt. J.T. Orr of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Homicide Unit. “But now it seems that all ties are to New Jersey.”

Lt. Michael Tullio, spokesman for the Atlantic City, N.J., Police Department, said his agency has received no information that the slaying took place there.

“Virginia Beach is the lead agency,” Lt. Tullio said. “It’s their case.”

If evidence is found that the killing occurred in Atlantic City, the local prosecutor may coordinate investigative efforts, Lt. Tullio said.

Virginia Beach police have identified the man as William McGuire, 39, a senior programmer analyst at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Mr. McGuire lived with his wife and two children in Woodbridge, N.J.

His car was towed from the Flamingo Motel parking lot in Atlantic City on March 8 by a private towing company, which contacted police after the vehicle went unclaimed.

His remains were found in suitcases near Virginia Beach on May 5, 11 and 16.

Sgt. Orr said Virginia Beach investigators, who have traveled to Atlantic City to sift through evidence there, think Mr. McGuire was killed in New Jersey and his remains were disposed of near the bridge-tunnel.

“We believe we were just the reception site,” he said. “But right now, there isn’t conclusive evidence.”

No suspects have been identified. Sgt. Orr said investigators plan to return to New Jersey to look into the crime further.

Mr. McGuire’s wife, Melanie, 31, said she last heard from her husband on April 30. She filed for divorce on May 25.

In a formal complaint, she said Mr. McGuire had a gambling problem that forced the couple into bankruptcy in 1999.

According to the complaint, Mr. McGuire obtained $10,000 from a business partner after April 30. Mrs. McGuire was concerned that he might have been behaving irresponsibly.

She also said that Mr. McGuire withdrew $5,000 to go to Atlantic City in March.

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