The man arrested in connection with a homicide involving human remains discovered in suitcases was first linked to the case by baggage claim stickers, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Denver7.https://t.co/TVympvq9lp pic.twitter.com/b3PldaLzMr
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) January 20, 2021
On December 29th, 2020, Denver city employees were said to have discovered the body of 33-year-old Joshua Lockard, whose remains were reportedly distributed between two suitcases within the 1700 block of South Java Way.
As police were actively working and processing the scene, investigators happened upon a United Airlines baggage claim sticker on one of the suitcases. Upon examining said baggage claim sticker, investigators saw that the name “Satterthwaite” and the word “Den.” written on the sticker.
This name is what eventually led investigators onto the trail of 28-year-old Benjamin Satterthwaite.
As luck would have it on New Year’s Day of 2021, police had just so happened to have responded to a possible overdose death at the suspect’s apartment.
When police arrived at the scene of the apartment, they discovered one deceased individual who likely died of an overdose that was lying next to the suspect, who was also unconscious and likely experiencing an overdose himself.
During that response on January 1st, the suspect was transported to the Swedish Medical Center, where in doing so, police officers were able to obtain his fingerprints.
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) January 19, 2021
While this was transpiring, investigators also managed to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s home. What investigators allegedly found within the apartment was a suitcase that happened to match one of those found at the scene of the dismembered body.
That wasn’t all that was located within the apartment, according to police.
Via the use of luminal, police were also able to find excessive amounts of blood that were allegedly on the couch, in the bathroom and in the bathtub.
Within the arrest affidavit associated with the suspect, there was also a bloody saw blade found in the apartment which video surveillance evidence allegedly showed the suspect purchasing from a Walmart on December 27th.
— CB Cotton (@CB_Cotton) January 8, 2021
According to witnesses interviewed during the investigation, the victim had been last seen on December 26th at noon while being dropped off nearby Alameda High School after the victim had just finished cashing a check.
From what witnesses told investigators, Lockard was dealing with various narcotics addictions – namely methamphetamine- and had recently been kicked out of a rehab facility.
Further investigation suggested that the suspect and the victim were familiar with each other, with Lockard having allegedly stayed at the suspects apartment at various times prior to his death.
Denver's district attorney announced the charges Tuesday against 28-year-old Benjamin Satterthwaite, who is accused of killing 33-year-old Joshua Lockard. https://t.co/vAp6r9MHlr
— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) January 20, 2021
Police eventually arrested the suspect on January 8th.
As such, Satterthwaite is now facing one count of 1st degree murder and one count of tampering with the deceased human body. According to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, the cause and manner of the victim’s death is still being investigated.
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In other cases involving alleged incidents of mishandling the bodies of those deceased, a woman in Florida was arrested back in December for allegedly concealing her roommate’s deceased body in an effort to collect his social security checks.
Here’s that previous report.
BRADENTON, FL – Not to be outdone by all the stories about “Florida man,” a Florida woman has accomplished an unbearably disgusting task in order to collect benefit checks from a deceased man.
48-year-old Michelle Haney of Bradenton, Florida, a town south of Tampa bay, was arrested on December 9th, 2020 under several charges including abuse of a dead human body.
She told Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies that she had come home one day in July to find that her roommate, Jon Leonard, had died in their home, a trailer in a mobile home park.
Instead of notifying the sheriff’s department or other first responders, it is alleged that Michelle Haney put Leonard’s body in a closet for about three weeks.
Evidently, the smell of Leonard’s body inside the home became unbearable, so Haney put the decomposing man’s body in a trash bin and left it with a neighbor. The neighbor was unaware, initially, of what was in the trash container. Haney allegedly told the neighbor she’d come back for the trash bin later.
After two months, when Michelle Haney hadn’t returned to get the trash container, the neighbor decided to open the container and found the badly decomposed body of Jon Leonard.
Haney later admitted to deputies she had hidden Leonard’s body so she could collect his Social Security checks.
In another “Florida woman” story that is odd, and not quite as deadly, a woman from Miami beach was arrested in Marathon, a city in the Florida Keys on December 10th after a high-speed police chase.
A Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy witnessed a woman in a Mercedes-Benz sedan swerve around his patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed – his radar indicated she was going 56 mph in a 35-mph zone.
The deputy turned his vehicle around in pursuit of the woman, as she extended her middle finger through the car’s sunroof, toward the deputy, and sped up.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported that 36-year-old Christine Eliza Dayoub was recklessly passing other cars, driving on the shoulder and into oncoming traffic while going up to 90 mph at times. She then got on the Seven Mile Bridge and sped to over 120 mph.
The sheriff’s officer reported that Dayoub appeared to intentionally strike the rear of a Tesla car, causing it to fishtail. Deputies assigned to the Lower Florida Keys laid down tire spikes, but Dayoub exited the Seven Mile Bridge and pulled over on the Bahia Honda Bridge.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy approached the stopped Mercedes-Benz with weapon drawn, and indicated that Christine Dayoub was laughing and told the deputy that she wanted to go to jail.
Two synthetic marijuana vape pens were found in Dayoub’s car, deputies said.
Staying with the weird Florida woman theme, a Miramar massage therapist has gained state-level attention and sanctions by performing massage processes she’s not licensed for.
Miramar, a Miami suburb is home to one Cristina Diaz. For the past three years, the state has documented that Diaz has been performing “lymphatic drainage massages,” a process where tissues are massaged and bodily fluids, especially blood leaks out of a person’s body through surgical slits – slits in place after plastic surgery such as liposuction or Brazilian Butt Lifts.
Diaz had posted several videos of these massages, and the bodily fluids, on social media accounts.
On December 1st, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued an emergency order for Diaz to stop. The order stated that the way she did lymphatic massages endangered the public health and her license didn’t allow her to do them.
On December 3rd, however, she posted again under Instagram account bychrissdiaz:
“Available appointments in December! Book your appointment now!!!”
The video message contained hashtags for Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), liposuction and lymphatic drainage massage.
The Florida Surgeon General’s Office released an official statement concerning Diaz:
“Ms. Diaz willfully abused her position as a massage therapist to advertise and engage in dangerous practices outside the scope of her license.
“She subjected herself, her patients, the public and an undetermined number of associates to a needless risk of infection due to her failure to use the proper precautions for handling biomedical waste.
“Ms. Diaz’s actions demonstrate that she poses a significant danger to patients as long as she continues to improperly perform post-surgical drainage massages.”
A formal report by an expert assigned to the Surgeon General’s Office explained the problems with the procedures:
“Some posts show Diaz and others, the ERO said, ‘pressing around surgical incision sites to drain and forcefully expel large quantities of blood and other fluids from the patients’ surgical wounds.’
“A properly performed lymphatic massage uses ‘sequences of gentle strokes to stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system,’ and ‘the techniques used by Ms. Diaz and her associates create a dangerous risk of infection to both the therapist and the patient.
“The videos often show pads soaked with the expressed bodily fluids; however there do not appear to be any biohazard containers or other appropriate means of disposal for these fluid-soaked pads nearby.
“Also, Diaz and others ‘wear only gloves and face masks for personal protection.’
“The expert observed that Diaz failed to use proper universal precautions when handling bodily fluids.”
The Emergency Restriction Order (ERO) stated:
“Ms. Diaz’s conduct of expressing bodily fluids from surgical incisions in non-surgical, public areas, such as hotel rooms and other rental properties, exposes the public to health risks associated with blood-borne illnesses and her clients to increased risks of infection.”
A search of Instagram for the post quoted above and tied to “bychrissdiaz” has been removed.
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