Man arrested in deaths of 2 found in suitcase on beach

August 20, 2020 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two people whose remains were found in a suitcase on West Seattle beach.

The man was arrested at his Burien residence on Wednesday afternoon, questioned and booked into the King County Jail, The Seattle Times reported.

Police did not release any other immediate information.

A group of teens doing something of a scavenger hunt in June filmed the suitcase that had washed up near shore at Duwamish Head. They opened it while recording for a TikTok post and found plastic bags.


They called police and waited for several hours for officers to arrive. By then the suitcase was nearly towed back to sea by the ebbing tide.

Authorities identified the remains of the two people found inside several bags as 35-year-old Jessica Lewis and 27-year-old Austin Wenner.