The man's body parts were found in blue Ikea bags in a wooded area in the Copenhagen suburb of Albertslund. According to Copenhagen Vestegn Police, the victim is a member of the Satudarah criminal gang who had previously been reported as missing.
The case is being kept behind ‘double closed door', meaning that official information from the authorities has been spares. According to media reports however, the man is thought to have been held captive along with another gang member in a Ballerup apartment for a week, where they were tortured.
One of the captives managed to get away but the other was found brutally murdered in the nearby forest.
Tabloid BT has spoken with the victim's girlfriend, who identified him as Kevin Andersen.
Two men were arrested and detained in connection with the case but police did not confirm the official charges that they will face.
“According to the police investigation, we are dealing with murder, false imprisonment and mistreatment but due to the nature of the investigation it is not possible for Copenhagen Vestegn Police to release additional details at this point,” a press release read.
In a subsequent press release, police asked the public to come forward with any information about “suspicious behaviour” involving the iconic large blue Ikea shopping bags in the Ballerup or Albertslund area.
“Based on our investigation we can establish that Ikea bags were used in connection to the transport of the corpse. Therefore we'd like to hear from any residents who may have seen something connected to that,” Inspector Charlotte Skovby said.
According to BT, the motive behind the brutal murder was an internal gang dispute over drug money.
On an Instagram account believed to be associated with the Satudarah gang, a photo of the victim was posted along with the words “rest in peace”.
The same man can be seen in a video from Satudarah-associated rapper A'typisk