Affidavit: Recovered torso of Ashley Mead was missing organs

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BOULDER, Colo. -- An arrest affidavit for Adam Densmore, the 32-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend Ashley Mead, was unsealed Friday by a Boulder County judge.

The nine-page affidavit says the remains of the 25-year-old Boulder woman that were recovered in an Oklahoma dumpster consisted only of a human torso that was missing all of its organs.

Densmore has been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the death of his Mead, who police believe was killed in Boulder and then dismembered in Louisiana.

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Before being arrested, Densmore told police in a brief telephone conversation that he and Mead had "the worst argument they had ever had" and said he told Mead, "I hate you and I hope you die," according to the affidavit.

Densmore said Mead was still alive when he left their Boulder apartment on Feb. 12 with their 1-year-old daughter Winter. Mead was reported missing on Feb. 14 when she failed to show up to work and had not been seen in two days.

According to court documents, Mead told her friends that Densmore was an “alcoholic” and “bipolar.”

She said “I hate him on all levels” and said she was “fed up.” She had recently broken up with Densmore and was trying to get him to move out.

He had been living with Mead since she moved to Boulder when she found out she was expecting a child with him. The two had met while working at a restaurant in Louisiana.

Police said Mead recently told Densmore that she was seeing someone else and that had caused tension in their relationship. Mead’s friend Gwendilyn Love said Mead had bad feelings and hesitations about Densmore.

“She is a very positive person and her ability to see the good in everyone, was such an asset to her but I caution people against not counseling their friends when they think there is something going on,” Love said.

Densmore told police he and Mead had gotten into the worst fight they ever had. He told Mead, “I hate you and I hope you die.”

He told police when he left the apartment on Feb. 12, Mead was still alive. He said since finding out she went missing, he regrets saying those words to her.

Lydia Waligorski with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence said breakups can be the most dangerous time for a victim.

“It's usually when that person pushes back on things and says, ‘Nope, I am leaving’ or ‘This is no longer good for me’ or ‘You can't put me down anymore’ that people who use violence tend to escalate because they are losing control of that situation,” Waligorski said.

The arrest affidavit says investigators with the Boulder Police Department found what they suspected was blood in the bedroom and bathroom in the Manhattan Drive apartment in Boulder the two shared.

Officers called Densmore's family in Louisiana and discovered he had been to their home on Feb. 13 along with the child and told investigators he "did something stupid," according to the affidavit.

Densmore and the girl were found on Feb. 15 in Okmulgee, Okla., about 40 miles south of Tulsa. He was tracked through the GPS on his cellphone, according to the affidavit.

Gas station employees told police they found a purple suitcase in a dumpster that contained a human torso inside a trash bag with all of the organs having been removed, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also says video surveillance showed a vehicle that matched the description of Mead's backing up to the dumpster, and a man matching Densmore's description was seen at a nearby Wal-Mart, according to the affidavit.

The remains have been identified as likely belonging to Mead. Investigators are still looking for a purple suitcase they believe could contain the rest of Mead’s remains.

Densmore was moved to Colorado earlier this week and appeared in court on Tuesday. He is being held without bond. He is scheduled for a motions hearing on March 16 and a preliminary hearing on May 4.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, you can speak to an advocate by calling 800-799-7233.

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