Florida man arrested after wife’s remains found in three suitcases

A Florida husband was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shooting his wife in the head, dismembering her with a chainsaw and dumping her remains in a Delray Beach canal.

A Florida man has been arrested for the murder his wife. Her dismembered body had been found in three different suitcases in a Delray Beach Canal.

William Lowe (78) is accused of murder in the first degree, and abuse of a dead body, for the death of his wife Aydil Barrosa Fontes (80), who was identified by dental records.

According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Fox News Digital, her remains were found on July 21, after Delray Beach Police received a 911 and discovered a suitcase floating along the Intracoastal waterway with “a foot protruding from the zipper.”

A set of human legs was found in the suitcase.


William Lowe (78), right, is accused by the Delray Beach Police Department of dismembering his 80-year-old wife Aydil Barrosa Fontes and shooting her in the head.

The Intracoastal waterway is a canal which runs parallel to Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines. It is famous for its stretches of multimillion dollar homes with private docks.

Two more suitcases, found less than a mile from the first, were discovered later that day. The affidavit states that one suitcase contained a human body without hands or head, and it was weighted with landscaping stones.

The third was a pelvis, a plastic Cheescake factory bag and also a rock-filled bag.

Investigators scoured the waterway again the next day and found another horrifying find: A tote bag that contained a woman’s skull with a single bullet wound behind her left ear.

img alt=”Delray Beach Woman rendering next to turquoise luggage and floral pattern.” src=”https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2023/07/640/320/Delray-woman-thumb-II.jpg?ve=1&tl=1″/>

span v-1fd77e21 =””>Rendering a woman’s body found on July 21, in Delray Beach in Florida, in three suitcases. The picture on the upper right shows a suitcase and lower left is a pattern from her floral blouse. Police identified her as Aydil Barrosa Fontes.

Last week, the Delray Beach Police Department called a press event to ask for help in identifying an unknown woman. They released a computer generated image of the woman based on the remains.

A witness told detectives a man visited the area five times in a three-day span, and at one point stared at the suitcase bobbing on the water.


The man was visibly nervous when the witness approached him. The witness said that the man claimed he was waiting “for the big boat to come in the harbor”, but noted that the canal was too shallow for large ships.

Investigators spoke with more than a dozen people. Many witnesses had seen a man driving a Ford Taurus in gold and acting suspiciously.

Woman wears floral top in photo.

Aydil Barrosa Fontes, shot in the face, was dismembered, and discovered July 21 in three suitcases, a tote, and a bag on the Intracoastal Waterway, in Delray Beach.

Some neighbors had also recorded surveillance footage, including footage showing the man climbing down the dock ladder of a resident on July 20, carrying a Cheesecake factory bag.

The detectives located a Ford Taurus in gold near the waterway. They then ran the tag number. Lowe lives just.1 miles from the location where one of those suitcases was found.

Lowe was taken to the police station by officers to get a DNA sample. The affidavit states that Lowe told investigators his wife had been in Brazil for three weeks, but he did not know where she went to the airport nor which airline she used.

On July 31, police executed a warrant at Lowe’s house and found cleaning supplies and a 9mm pistol in a drawer in a desk.

Drawing of clothing worn by dismembered women found in Delray Beach (Florida) on July 21, 2017. Some of the body parts were discovered in a Ricardo Beverly Hills case, on the right.

Lowe was caught allegedly trying to break into the house through a window during the 18-hour long search.

He said that he had been trying to retrieve the keys and phone of his storage unit. This alerted investigators as to a possible alternative location to search.

Police executed a warrant on Aug. 2, at Security Storage of Delray. They found “bone, flesh, and human hair” in the housing of a Ryobi chainsaw.

Lowe was detained that night.

At a press conference on Thursday, Lead Detective Mike Liberta said that the scene at Lowe’s house was “probably the worst” he had ever seen. This is because Lowe dismembered the body.

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Lowe’s lawyer could not be immediately identified. Lowe is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Detention Center without bond.

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