A Lexington man was arrested on a murder charge hours after the dismembered body of a 20-year-old woman was found Thursday morning on Malabu Drive, police said.
The victim was identified as Haley Bourgeois of Lexington, according to a coroner’s report.
Bourgoeis was identified based on a tattoo, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said.
Patrol officers who received a tip found the woman’s body behind the Brookhaven Apartments building, Lt. David Biroschik said.
Ginn said the woman’s body was disposed of in two Dumpsters. The coroner’s office gave the cause of death as blunt-force injury. Ginn said it was a “traumatic death.”
Later in the afternoon, police charged Patrick Ryan Jones, 24, with murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
Detectives think Jones got into an altercation with the victim Wednesday evening and hit her with a blunt object, police said.
Jones and Bourgeois filed emergency protection orders against each other last September, according to the Fayette County Circuit Court electronic records system. Each dismissed their domestic violence cases in October. The system also listed a child in the domestic case.
There were two criminal cases filed against Jones last year, one involving charges of theft, evading police, trespassing and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. The other case involved a criminal mischief complaint. A Herald-Leader reporter asked to see the 2015 files and was told they were part of confidential proceedings and couldn’t be released.
Evidence was collected from several areas at the apartment complex, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said.
Investigators have an idea of what time Bourgeois died, but that information won’t be released until the investigation is closed, Ginn said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 859-258-3600.