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Man charged after suitcase bearing his name is found containing body parts

‘Suitcase killer’, 28, is charged with murder after ‘dumping two bags with his victim’s body parts in them’ but forgetting to remove a baggage claim sticker with his name 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 
  • Detectives say one of the suitcases contained a baggage sticker from a recent United Airlines flight that had Satterthwaite’s name on it 

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.

The employees opened one of the suitcases and discovered a human foot.  

Victim: Joshua Lockard

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

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

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. 

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

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

Police have since discovered that Lockard (above) 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

Police have since discovered that Lockard (above) 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

They found Satterthwaite unconscious and potentially in the middle of an overdose episode. 

A person was dead beside him that authorities believe died of an overdose. 

Satterthwaite was taken to hospital where authorities obtained his fingerprints and a search warrant for his home. 

During the search, 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 blood saw in the apartment, which they later determined he had purchased at a Walmart on December 27, court documents show. 

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.  

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.    

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