By Rich Pollack

A 78-year-old Delray Beach man has been charged with fatally shooting his 80-year-old wife and then placing pieces of her dismembered body into three suitcases before pushing them into the Intracoastal Waterway close to his Venetian Drive home.

12176213078?profile=RESIZE_180x180In court documents, Delray Beach detectives say evidence led them to believe that William Lowe Jr. killed his wife, Aydil Barbosa Fontes, with a gunshot to her head and then used a chainsaw to cut up her body.

In a charging document released Thursday after Lowe made an initial court appearance, investigators wrote that witnesses had seen him several times at a boat dock near where two of the suitcases were found. Video surveillance also indicated that someone matching Lowe’s description was seen in the area climbing down the dock ladder carrying a bag, which he no longer held after climbing back up the ladder.

In addition, investigators armed with a search warrant found evidence of blood splatters throughout the apartment Lowe shared with his wife. A chainsaw was later located in a storage unit owned by Lowe. Police also found a 9mm firearm in the apartment.

When detectives asked Lowe where his wife was, he told them she was in Brazil, detectives wrote in the court records.

Lowe has been charged with first degree murder and abuse of a dead body.

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