South Carolina murder, necrophilia suspect arrested in Harlingen

Alleged Victim: Helen Hancock

A man who allegedly killed a South Carolina woman, slept with her corpse and then dumped her body was arrested in Harlingen.

Authorities said murder suspect Jose Perea was found aboard a bus bound for Mexico on Monday evening.

Investigators said Perea strangled 40-year-old Helen Hancock on Friday night.

Authorities believe that the crime took place at Perea's trailer at tghe Parkside Mobile Home Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

Perea allegedly picked up his two roommates from work and then showed them Hancock's body.

Fearing their own lives, the two fled but didn't keep quiet.

South Carolina officials told WCSC-TV that they have information that Perea may have actually slept with Hancock's corpse before dumping her body.

The victim's friends decried the alleged acts and remembered Hancock as a loving daughter and mother.

Authorities said they were able to get Perea before he was able to flee into Mexico.

Perea is currently held at the Cameron County Jail where he will be extradited back to South Carolina.