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Texas Woman Decapitated in Street by Chainsaw; Police Searching for Husband

Jose Corona is suspected in the decapitation murder of his wife Maria Corona April 27, 2010 in Dallas, TX. KTVT

Jose Corona (KTVT)
DALLAS (CBS/AP) A routine mail route came to a gruesome end for one Dallas-area mail carrier, when he found the decapitated body of a woman lying in the street Monday. Police identified her as Maria Corona, and said they believe her husband, Jose Fernando Corona, is responsible, and have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Responding officers from the Lewisville Police Department reported finding two chainsaws at the scene, one of which was still running, with blood and tissue matter nearby. A bloody trail led from Corona's headless body to the doorway of the home.

"I saw somebody [lying] on the ground with blood all over. And I saw a girl outside screaming and somebody trying to hold her back," neighbor Chris Cortopassi, who returned home Monday afternoon to the grisly scene, told CBS affiliate KTVT.

The girl she describes is believed to be the couple's oldest daughter Carla Corona, who arrived at the scene shortly after the police arrived, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Carla Corona's husband, Freddie Arellano, told authorities that Jose Corona had called a few minutes earlier to say that he "had done it, he had killed her and was going to drag her body next door," according to the arrest affidavit.

Police believe Jose Corona fled the scene in his 2005 Toyota Sequoia SUV, but he allegedly stopped at a used car lot and asked to test drive a 1991 Ford Ranger and never returned. The Ford truck has the Texas license plate AA2 4004.

Lewisville police Capt. Kevin Deaver told the Morning News he was shocked by the violence of the crime.

"Over 20 years in law enforcement and I've never seen anything like this," Deaver said.

  • Carlin Miller

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