NEW YORK — A 24-year-old man told investigators he shot and killed his mother and brother, then chopped up their bodies and dumped them into the Harlem River, police said.
Lamar Platt was ordered held without bail Tuesday on second-degree murder and weapons possession charges. His attorney did not immediately respond to a phone message.
Police came to the Bronx apartment Platt shared with his mother and 22-year-old brother on Sunday to investigate a report by Platt's grandmother that she had not heard from the family since Nov. 18, police said Monday.
When investigators arrived, they found a trail of blood in the apartment and Platt outside; police said he admitted killing his mother, 45-year-old Marlene Platt, and brother, Nashan Platt.
Police said Platt used a shopping cart to carry the body parts to the nearby Harlem River, making a half dozen trips Nov. 18 and 19. The motive for the killings was unclear.
Police used patrol boats, helicopters and scuba divers to search the river Monday, but did not find any remains. The search resumed Tuesday morning in the river, an 8-mile-long tidal strait that separates Manhattan from the Bronx.