A woman who answered the door at the family’s townhouse Friday morning said the family would not be commenting.
Daniel Ziolkowski, who lives two doors down from the Kinyuas, was mowing his lawn Saturday morning when he noticed Alex Kinyua trimming the bushes with a machete. He didn’t look angry, but Ziolkowski said he had never seen that before.
Later, Ziolkowski’s wife, Kathy, said police dug up the bushes during an extensive investigation at the home by police.
She said Alex Kinyua’s high school-aged brother told her that he went downstairs to do laundry and noticed something was off. That’s when he discovered the head and body parts, she said.
‘‘He looked at me and said ‘He brought shame to the family. You’re going to be hearing about this for the next 10 years,'’’ she said.
The Ziolkowkis said the Kinyua family has always been friendly, but mostly kept to themselves.
‘‘They’re a very nice family. This is just such a shock. Very shocking and gruesome,’’ she said.
Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane, who has been with the office for 40 years, described the area as a quiet and semi-rural community. He said the county has had some gruesome investigations in the past but never an incident of cannibalism.
Associated Press photographer Patrick Semansky in Bel Air, Md., and reporters Alex Dominguez in Baltimore and Jessica Gresko in Washington contributed to this report.