Genesis Silva charged in Brittany Battaglia's murder
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Brittany Battaglia and Genesis Silva (Chicago Police Department)

Brittany Battaglia and Genesis Silva (Chicago Police Department)

A 34-year-old registered sex offender in Illinois has been arrested in connection with the death of his 33-year-old girlfriend after police say they found the woman’s nearly decapitated body stuffed into a duffle bag in the man’s Chicago apartment.

Genesis Silva was taken into custody on Monday and charged with one count of concealing a homicide and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in Brittany Battaglia’s death, authorities confirmed to Law&Crime.

While Silva is not currently charged with Battaglia’s murder, authorities have emphasized that the case into her death is ongoing, and more charges are likely.

Battaglia was reported missing on June 4 by her family.

The victim’s brother, AJ Battaglia, who posted several tweets about his sister after she went missing, broke the tragic news about his sister and Silva’s arrest in a Twitter post earlier this week.

“Detectives have just called my family and I. Brittany [Battaglia] has been found deceased in Genesis Silva’s apartment. Genesis [Silva] is in custody,” he wrote. “I am absolutely heartbroken to share this. Brittany [Battaglia] was such a kind person and didn’t deserve this. She was the best sister I could ever ask for.”

Battaglia was last seen alive when she left home at about 6:30 p.m. on June 2, according to the Chicago Police Department.

“The victim told her roommate that she was going to the defendant’s apartment and then to a party,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Pekara said during a brief press conference on Thursday in footage provided by Chicago NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV. “During the search, the large duffle bag in the bedroom was searched. The victim’s body was found inside that bag.”

She died from multiple sharp force wounds, and her head was almost severed off, he added.

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