A man who was charged with murdering an Algonquin couple, concealing their bodies and then transporting them in a U-Haul truck has been extradited from Wisconsin back to McHenry County.
Maxim Parnov, 36, of the 400 block of La Fox River Drive in Algonquin, was charged on December 3 with four counts of first-degree murder, a Class X felony.
Two days before that, Parnov was charged with two counts of concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony.
His bond has been set at $5 million, court records show.
The Algonquin Police Department responded on November 30 to the 400 block of La Fox River Drive in Algonquin for a wellbeing check call.
Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Ryan 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. on December 1, 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 December 2.
The cause of death is pending due to the ongoing investigation, Rein said.
Markham said the case is believed to be domestic violence-related.
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 that Parnov was located by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at a residence in Salem Lakes, Wisconsin around 6:48 a.m. on December 2.
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, which was unlike him.
The McHenry County Major Crimes Assistance Team is assisting the Algonquin Police Department with the investigation.
Parnov was being held by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. He was transported to the McHenry County Jail on Thursday after not contesting extradition, court records show.