Colorado mom dismembered, body parts scattered across state lines: Police

The father of Ashley Mead’s child is in custody

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a piece of purple luggage they believed may contain body parts of a Boulder, Colorado, mother who disappeared last week.

Remains found in a suitcase in a dumpster near Tulsa, Oklahoma, have been tentatively identified as missing Boulder mother Ashley Mead, according to 9 News.

Shortly before the remains were discovered on Wednesday, police arrested Adam Densmore on suspicion of first-degree murder. His and Ashley’s one-year-old daughter was with him at the time, and is now in the custody of child protective services.

Mead, 25, and her daughter were reported missing after Mead failed to report to work. The last time she and her daughter were seen in Boulder was Sunday.

Densmore is believed to have traveled through multiple states, including Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, and police believe he scattered Mead’s remains in numerous locations.

“Investigators believe the murder took place in Boulder and at least part of the dismemberment took part in another state, possibly Louisiana,”  Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice told 9 News. “Additionally investigators have determined that there is a piece of luggage missing from the suspected dismemberment site which matches the suitcase that contained the torso.”

Chief Prentice is asking anyone who sees a purple suitcase to contact authorities right away and not to touch it.

“Obviously to further the investigation we would like to find, recover the rest of the body and to give the family some closure as well. It would certainly help with the investigation,” Chief Prentice told the news station.

Police have not yet revealed a motive for the apparent murder.

A cash reward is being offered to those who can provide information that can aid in the investigation.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-1974. Anonymous tipsters can call Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Photo: Boulder Police Department