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Boone Co. Detectives dig for body parts of dismembered man at Rumpke Print E-mail

Eleven Boone County Detectives were at the Rumpke Landfill, located at 1374 Bryan Griffin Road, Butler, in Pendleton County on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 searching for body parts belonging to a torso of a white male they discovered in Verona, Ky. The torso and legs were wrapped up and discarded in a field. Police also learned that the missing body parts had supposedly been disposed of in a dumpster at the Super Eight Motel on Dream Street in Florence, Kentucky, one of Rumpke's dumpsters. Authorities believe they know the identity of the man but have not yet released his name.

Three Boone County, Kentucky men were arrested around 3 a.m. on January 15, 2013 for the kidnapping, torture, murder, and dismemberment of the murdered man who disappeared on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Investigators charged Jefferey Allen, 21, of the 1,900 block of Messmer Lane in Verona, Kentucky; Anthony Baumgartner, 23, of the 6,900 block of Oakwood Drive in Florence, Kentucky; and Stephen Harkness, 22, of the 15,000 block of Porter Road in Verona, Kentucky; with murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence. In the course of an investigation of a missing person (not Terry Hand) detectives developed information implicating the aforementioned three.

Pictured above from left: Jefferey Allen, Anthony Baumgartner and Stephen Harkness

According to police reports, the victim, who was an alleged heroine dealer, was lured in by the three men for a drug deal. They wanted "to rid the world of evil, one person at a time." It is believed they cut the man up in an attempt to make it harder to identify his body. His missing body parts were discarded in a dumpster that was picked up last Friday. Several days have passed and thousands of pounds of garbage have been dumped at the Rumpke landfill since. The driver who was working that day and Rumpke officials have identified the area where the garbage was unloaded. Excavators are moving the trash to an open area for the detectives to sift through in their search for the missing body parts and/or other clues.

Update: Boone County detectives and Rumpke recovery crews have switched locations in their attempt to find the missing body parts. They are now searching the area of this morning's pick-ups.

UPDATE:

DANIEL DELFIN

A preliminary identification has been made on the victim in this case using the description of his clothing, a tattoo, approximate size and weight, and the fact the perpetrators named him. He is identified as Daniel Delfin, 19, of Walton, Kentucky. Investigators will rely on DNA comparisons with family members to make a positive identification.