Benjamin Satterthwaite, 28, is charged with death and dismemberment of an acquaintance, Joshua Lockard, 33, body in Denver, Colorado last month
Police say Satterthwaite stuffed Lockard’s remains in two different suitcases before dumping the luggage on a sidewalk near a creek
City employees who were plowing snow from the sidewalk made the gruesome find on Dec 29
Immediate break in the case after detectives found one of the suitcases contained a baggage sticker from a recent United Airlines flight
The sticker had Satterthwaite’s name on it and he had not reported it stolen
Mid-investigation, cops responding to reports of a possible overdose at Satterthwaite’s apt on New Year’s Day, found the suspect unconscious
A second person was lying dead beside him – cops believe from an overdose
Along with abundant blood evidence in several places, officers also found a bloody saw in the apt
A Colorado man has been charged with murder after he allegedly dumped two suitcases with his victim’s remains in it but forgot to remove the baggage claim sticker that had his name printed on it.
Benjamin Satterthwaite, 28, is charged with killing and dismembering 33-year-old Joshua Lockard’s body in Denver last month.
Police say Satterthwaite put Lockard’s remains in two different suitcases before dumping on a sidewalk near a creek.
The suitcases were discovered on December 29 by city employees who were plowing snow from the sidewalk.
Opening one of the suitcases, they discovered a human foot.
Detectives who responded to the scene found that one of the suitcases contained a baggage sticker from a recent United Airlines flight.
They say it had the name Satterthwait, Den printed on it.
In that suitcase, detectives found the victim’s right leg and left upper thigh.
The other suitcase contained his torso, which had been wrapped in a trash bag and secured with duct tape.
Authorities say the rest of the victim’s remains have not yet been found.
Investigators subsequently contacted a detective at Denver International Airport to investigate the baggage claim sticker.
They found it belonged to Satterthwaite and that he had flown into Denver on December 21.There were no reports of Satterthwaite reporting that his luggage had been stolen, detectives said.
As authorities were investigating the murder, police responded to reports of a possible overdose at Satterthwaite’s apartment on New Year’s Day.
They found Satterthwaite unconscious and potentially in the middle of an overdose episode with another individual lying dead beside him, who authorities believe died of an overdose.
Satterthwaite was taken to hospital where authorities obtained his fingerprints and a search warrant for his home.
Conducting a search of the apartment, investigators uncovered a suitcase that matched one found at the scene. Luminol also found that the couch, bathroom and bathtub were covered in blood.
Detectives also found a bloody saw in the apartment, which they later determined he had purchased at a Walmart on December 27.
Police have since discovered that Lockard was last seen alive on December 26. Friends told authorities that he struggled with a meth addiction.
Police believe Lockard and Satterthwaite knew each other.
While the Medical Examiner says Lockard’s cause of death is still under investigation, Satterthwaite has been charged one count of murder in the first degree and one count of tampering with a deceased human body.