Bronx man has confessed to fatally shooting his mother and brother, chopping up their bodies and dumping the remains in the Harlem River, police said.
The chilly waters were searched yesterday - without luck - for Marlene Platt, 45, and her son, Nashan, 22.
The suspect, Lamar Platt, 24, was charged with second-degree murder, police said. Scuba divers will continue searching for the bodies this morning.
Platt made his confession yesterday afternoon, sometime after officers forced their way into the Platt home on University Avenue in Morris Heights and found blood, but no bodies.
The suspect was found nearby and admitted to killing his brother and mother, then carrying their body parts in a shopping cart to nearby Roberto Clemente State Park, where he dumped the remains, police said. The motive was unclear. Police last night removed 30 bags of evidence, including a shopping cart they believe was used in the crime.
Police believe the killings may have happened as long as a week ago.
Platt's grandmother, Eleveta Wright, last spoke to Marlene on Nov. 18. Concerned when she couldn't reach her, Wright called police from her home near Washington, D.C. The Platts' neighbors said police on Saturday asked if anyone had seen the family.
Yesterday, police said, Wright traveled to the city and called police again, prompting the response by Emergency Services.
Neighbors said the suspect had attended Bronx Community College and had two jobs - one as a children's tutor, the other in a nearby barbershop.
A neighbor who didn't want to be identified said Lamar recently told him, "My mom stresses me out." Still, Lamar was "calm and quiet. He never showed that side," the neighbor said, adding his mother was kind, encouraging him to keep his head up when he immigrated two months ago from St. Thomas and had trouble finding work.
Neighbors said Lamar's mother worked as a nurse's aide.
Daniel Massey contributed to this story.