Police in Riverside, Calif. announced on May 21 that an arrest has been made in the case of a transient female, 32-year-old Jamie Lea Harmer, whose dismembered body parts were found “scattered along railroad tracks” in Riverside on April 27. Those body parts were placed in plastic bags that were discovered strewn around the tracks.
Police say that Harmer was living around the Riverside area for almost two months before her remains were discovered along the railroad tracks, according to The Los Angeles Times. Her last permanent known address is listed as Thief River Falls, Minn.
Arrested in connection with Harmer’s death is Riverside resident Christopher Marcus Brown. The 28-year-old Brown was arrested by police in Riverside Tuesday on unrelated charges. After serving Brown with a felony warrant at his apartment in Riverside on Tuesday, investigators questioned Brown about his connection with Harmer. "Detectives and forensic technicians spent 18 hours searching his apartment and discovered physical evidence related to the crime," according to a statement released by the Riverside Police Department. As of Wednesday, Brown was still being held at the Riverside County Jail.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that police first reported last month that Harmer had fallen victim to foul play, but released very few details regarding her death, like the facts that she had been dismembered and her body parts discovered along the railroad tracks. Police didn’t release those details until Wednesday, after they arrested Brown.
Officers made the gruesome discovery after responding to a call from a resident in the area of the railroad tracks who reported seeing “what he thought was a body or dead animal near the tracks.” Brown’s apartment is located in the 5300 block of Olivewood Avenue in Riverside, in close proximity to the area around Panorama Road and near the tracks where Harmer’s body parts were recovered. Police in Riverside are asking that anyone with any information regarding the case to contact Detective Jim Simons at (951) 353-7138 or Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137.