Man charged with murder after Denver police find human remains in suitcases

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DENVER (KDVR) — Police have made an arrest after human remains were found in two suitcases in southwest Denver.

According to the Denver Police Department, 28-year-old Benjamin David Satterthwaite was arrested Friday, Jan. 8 for investigation of first-degree murder. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, he was officially charged with first-degree murder and tampering with a dead body.

The remains were found on Dec. 29 in the 1700 block of South Java Way in the Mar Lee neighborhood.

On Jan. 1, Denver police officers responded to an apartment in the 2800 block of South Federal Boulevard on a medical-related call. When they arrived, they found “evidence and a crime scene consistent with this homicide case, and follow-up investigation resulted in Satterthwaite’s arrest,” according to DPD.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Joshua Lockard.

DPD investigators believe Satterthwaite and Lockard knew one another.

Satterthwaite’s mugshot has not yet been released.

The investigation is ongoing.

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