Wis. man charged after severed head found in trunk

CREATED Apr 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 23, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin prosecutors say the severed head of a Minnesota man was found in a car and other body parts were found in a Milwaukee home.

The details are gruesome. Body parts were found in a basement, and a severed head found in the trunk of a car. Now, a man is in custody in a string of horrors that police say started in Wausau and ended up on Milwaukee's west side.

Authorities say it all began on April 6 when Kou Thao shot and killed Tong Hang. Thao and his brother in law wrapped Hang's body in a tarp and threw it in the back of a Honda.

Nearly two weeks later, authorities were tipped off that Thao had ties to an address on Milwaukee's west side. Mike Coffee tells TODAY’S TMJ4 he didn't know much about his neighbors.

"They moved in a couple months ago. Kinda weird, but other than that," said Coffee.

When police saw the Honda parked outside, they made their move. Thao tried to run, but an officer was able to catch him and put him in cuffs. That's when they found Hang's head in a bucket in the trunk of the Honda, a gunshot wound between the eyes.

The other parts of his body were in pieces in the basement. And even though Thao is in custody, Coffee says it's all a little too much to take.

"Actually, I'm already looking for a place to move to," Coffee added. "That's kind of crazy. That's a little too bizarre for me."

Thao faces multiple charges, including homicide and weapons possession. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says they will continue to work with Wausau authorities until they bring this case to a close.