Murder charges have been filed against a man accused of killing an Algonquin couple, concealing their bodies and then transporting them in a U-Haul truck.
Maxim Parnov, 36, of the 400 block of La Fox River Drive in Algonquin, was charged Friday with four counts of first-degree murder.
On Wednesday, Parnov was charged with two counts of concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony.
His bond has been set at $5,000,000, Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Ryan Markham said.
The Algonquin Police Department responded Tuesday afternoon to the 400 block of La Fox River Drive in Algonquin for a wellbeing check call.
Markham said someone called police to check on a male resident and female resident who had not been heard from.
Officers were unable to locate the residents, identified as Elvira Almen, 56, and Peter M. Almen, 64, at the residence and an investigation was launched.
Two deceased subjects, who matched the description of the missing Algonquin residents, were located around 12 p.m. Wednesday, Markham said. He did not say where in Algonquin they were found.
McHenry County Coroner Dr. Michael Rein confirmed the identities of the couple after an autopsy was performed on Thursday.
The cause of death is pending due to the ongoing investigation, Rein said.
Markham said the case is being investigated as a homicide and it is believed to be domestic violence-related. “There does not appear to be any threat to the members of the general public.”
Parnov, who fled the area in a car, was identified as a person of interest in the case shortly after police found the couple’s bodies.
Markham said in an update that Parnov was located by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at a residence in Salem Lakes, Wisconsin around 6:48 a.m. Thursday.
Court documents said that Parnov caused blunt force trauma to Elvira Almen and Peter Almen, causing their deaths.
Parnov allegedly placed Elvira Almen in a freezer inside the residence on La Fox River Drive and transported the freezer in a U-Haul rental truck, a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said.
Parnov also allegedly placed the body of Peter Almen in a wooden cabinet inside the residence on La Fox River Drive and transported the cabinet in the back of the truck, the complaint said.
Markham said that the bodies of the two victims were located in a different location than the couple’s residence.
Friends of Peter Almen said the man, who was married to Elvira Almen, was reported missing after he did not show up for work on Monday, which was unlike him.
The McHenry County Major Crimes Assistance Team is assisting the Algonquin Police Department with the investigation.
Parnov is currently being held by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department awaiting extradition.