DETROIT (CBS Detroit) — A Detroit man is charged with murdering and dismembering 32-year-old Latima Warren, who authorities say was his girlfriend.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged 44-year-old Rondell Lamar Watters with open murder, one count of mutilation of a body and one count of tampering with evidence. He was arraigned Thursday in 36th District Court.

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Latima Warren

Prosecutors say Warren was reported missing by her children’s grandmother on Dec. 28, 2021.

On Jan. 17, the investigation by the Detroit Police Department — assisted by Michigan State Police — led authorities to Watters’ home on Vaughn Street. While at the home, a cadaver dog found human remains in a bag in the basement. Authorities say another bag with human remains was found the next day in the upstairs area.

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Rondell Watters (credit: Detroit Police Department)

The investigation determined that Warren is the victim and ruled her death a homicide, according to prosecutors.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Ms. Warren. This is beyond tragic and I am thankful for the men and women of the Detroit Police Department who have worked tireless on this case,” Police Chief James White said.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for Feb. 3 and a preliminary examination is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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