Kansas body in cooler leads to charges in Palm Springs

justin reyJustin Rey in a recent court appearance in Kansas (Photo via KMBC-TV)

Police in a Kansas City suburb arrested a homeless man recently and charged him with dismembering his wife while living with her and his two children in a storage unit. Now Palm Springs police say the suspect is also a suspect in the death of Sean Ty Ferel, reported missing last May.

The grisly tale began to unfold when police in Lenexa, Kansas, arrested Justin Rey, 35, and charged him with child endangerment and abandonment of a corpse after his wife’s dismembered remains were found in a cooler. Rey said his wife, Jessica Monteiro Rey, died Oct. 20 after giving birth, according to a report by KMBC-TV in Kansas City.

That arrest caught the interest of Palm Springs police, who say Rey is a suspect in Ferel’s disappearance. Ferel was reported missing after telling friends he was going on vacation with a man named Justin Rey. Feral was never seen again.

In August, Rey was involved in a traffic accident while he was driving Feral’s car, police say, and he was also allegedly seen on security cameras using Feral’s credit cards. Police also allege that a search warrant at a storage unit rented by Rey turned up several items that belonged to Ferel.

Rey is currently in custody in Johnson County, Kansas, where he has been accused of dismembering his wife in a Kansas City hotel before being discovered in the storage unit. The Riverside County District Attorney is reportedly working with officials in Lenexa on a possible extradition of Rey to California, where he could face charges in Feral’s disappearance.