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Suspect, man whose body was found in 2 suitcases knew each other, cops say

Denver police have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of killing another man whose body was found inside two suitcases on a snowy sidewalk last month, ABC7 reports.

Investigators believe Benjamin David Satterthwaite and the victim, whose identity has not been released because his identity has not been confirmed, knew one another, the station said.

Public works employees found the suitcases while plowing the sidewalks at about 7:15 a.m. on December 29 in Denver’s southwest Mar Lee neighborhood, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

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The medical examiner said at the time the victim was an adult white man and the death was “recent.”

Police were led to Satterthwaite after officers responded on January 1 to a medical-related call at an apartment not far from the neighborhood where the suitcases were found. There, they found “evidence and a crime scene consistent with this homicide case, and follow-up investigation resulted in Satterthwaite’s arrest,” police said, according to KDVR.

Satterthwaite appeared in court on Friday, ABC7 said. The station also noted a lengthy criminal record that included convictions on charges of vehicular assault-DUI, contempt of court, making a false report, and attempted escape.

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