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Minnesota Woman Killed, Dismembered by Evil Boyfriend Suspected in Second Disappearance

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Jul. 2 2023, Published 5:30 p.m. ET

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A gruesome crime has left the community in shock as details emerge about the murder and dismemberment of Manijeh Starren, a 34-year-old woman from Minnesota. Joseph Jorgenson, her 40-year-old boyfriend, has been charged with her killing, has learned.

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Starren was reported missing in early June, but investigators believe she was killed and dismembered by Jorgenson in April. Surveillance footage from her apartment building shows Jorgenson forcefully pushing her into her apartment on April 21. Sadly, she was never seen alive again.

Disturbing evidence suggests that Jorgenson meticulously concealed Starren's remains.

Officials suspect that he stored her dismembered body parts in two coolers and a duffle bag, which were discovered at a Woodbury storage unit. The discovery was made after Jorgenson was captured on security footage at the storage facility.

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The investigation uncovered further suspicious activity by Jorgenson. He was seen entering and leaving Starren's apartment 28 times between April 21 and April 28.

On April 28, he was seen taking two duffle bags and a suitcase from her apartment, which were then loaded into a pickup truck.

Neighbors at Jorgenson's apartment complex reported a foul odor emanating from his unit in May, leading the manager and a maintenance employee to witness him moving large black duffle bags, which reportedly resembled a dead body. Additionally, police discovered a significant amount of blood at Starren's apartment.

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Further incriminating evidence arose surrounding Jorgenson's actions after the alleged murder. He was caught using Starren's EBT card in May to purchase cleaning supplies, including a cleaning bucket, plastic wrap, paper towels, garbage bags, liquid cleaner, latex gloves, and disinfectant wipes. He also conducted internet searches related to decomposition.

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Jorgenson's criminal activity did not end there. He was also charged with arson and attempting to disarm a peace officer during the execution of search warrants related to Starren's disappearance. The incident occurred at his apartment, where a fire reportedly broke out.

Authorities discovered additional significant evidence when they searched Jorgenson's closet. A substantial amount of blood was found, further implicating him in Starren's murder. Cell phone data was utilized to locate Starren's remains at the storage unit.

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Jorgenson may be connected to another missing person case. Fanta Xayavong, 33, disappeared in July 2021 but was not reported missing until May 2023 — St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster expressed concern for her safety, suggesting a potential link between her disappearance and Jorgenson.

The boyfriend was arrested on Monday and is currently being held on a $5 million bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 21.

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