- The Washington Times - Friday, June 4, 2004

NEWARK, N.J. — A vehicle belonging to a professor whose dismembered remains were found last month in suitcases dumped into the Chesapeake Bay had been towed from an Atlantic City motel two months earlier, police said.

A vehicle registered to William T. McGuire, 39, of Woodbridge, N.J., was removed from the Flamingo Motel lot March 8 by a private towing company, which eventually contacted police after the vehicle went unclaimed, Atlantic City police Lt. Michael Tullio said.

Lt. Tullio declined to describe the vehicle or say where it is being kept.

Employees of the motel on the resort’s Pacific Avenue strip said police had been to the motel to review security tapes.

Mr. McGuire’s remains were found in suitcases spotted by three different passers-by in the vicinity of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on May 5, 11 and 16.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) released a statement Thursday confirming that the victim was employed there.

“New Jersey Institute of Technology is deeply saddened by the untimely death of William T. McGuire,” the college said.

Mr. McGuire was a senior programmer analyst in NJIT’s Department of Information Resource Development as well as an adjunct professor and had worked there for four years, the school said. He graduated from NJIT in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in management.

Mr. McGuire’s disappearance, death and dismemberment remain a mystery.

“Nothing. Still no motive, no suspect,” Sgt. Max Hayden of the Virginia Beach Police Department, the agency leading the investigation, said yesterday.

The victim’s last known address was the Woodbridge Centre Plaza Apartments, where neighbors said he lived for about two years with his wife, Melanie McGuire, and their two young children.

Woodbridge police said the victim was never reported missing, and Mrs. McGuire since has left the apartment, where all furnishings had been cleared out as of this week, and the telephone had been disconnected.

Sgt. Hayden declined to say whether she is being sought for questioning.

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