Warning: Disturbing footage.
Two dismembered bodies found in a suitcase by teenagers making a TikTok video in Seattle have been identified as a mother-of-four and her partner.
The bodies of Jessica Lewis, 35, and long-term boyfriend Austin ‘Cash’ Wenner, 27, were discovered in the luggage on Alki Beach on June 19. Their ‘heartbroken’ families, who described the couple as a ‘fun-loving, affectionate couple’, are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information, saying that ‘somebody knows something’.
Teenagers, who spotted the suitcase lying on beach rocks, filmed the discovery and posted it on social media site TikTok. Initially, they joked that it may contain cash but when they opened it they were concerned about the ‘overwhelming’ smell coming from a bin bag stuffed inside and alerted police.
The King County Medical Examiner concluded that Ms Lewis and Mr Wenner were shot days before their remains were discovered, reported KomoNews.
The mother died on June 16 from multiple gunshot wounds and Mr Wenner died on the same day from a single bullet injury to the torso.
Along with the suitcase found on the beach, another bag was found in the water nearby.
The FBI told Kiro-7 that the killer could have been trying to make a statement by leaving their bodies discoverable in the suitcases.
Ms Lewis’ aunt, Gina Jaschke, said her family can hardly bear the thought of what happened to the couple of eight years.
She said her niece, who worked with adults with disabilities, had a ‘big heart’ and was ‘the most caring person’.
‘They were just nice normal people,’ she told Kiro-7. ‘Nobody deserves what happened to them.’
She added: ‘I want somebody to pay for what they’ve done and if it brings any kind of solace to my family, I’ll do it. Because they’re just devastated.’
Ms Jaschke has started a GoFundMe page to help raise the reward money to ‘catch these animals’.
‘Jessica & Cash were good-hearted people,’ Ms Jaschke wrote. ‘She leaves behind 4 beautiful children.
‘Their parents and family are heartbroken beyond words. Along with countless friends and loved ones’.
She continued: ‘Please help find the person or persons responsible for this senseless crime…
‘Somebody knows something, and whoever helps solved this case will receive the money raised for their reward.’
The teenagers said they found the suitcase after being sent to the spot by Randonautica, an app which generates random coordinates for users to follow based on their intentions.
After posting the video of the discovery online, TikTok user Ughhenry captioned it: ‘Something traumatic happened that changed my life’.
The social media user told viewers that they became a ‘little scared and nervous’ while filing the report to police after finding the luggage, realising it was something a lot more serious than they initially thought.
Responding to comments, Ughhenry wrote that he ‘broke down’ the moment he got home after finding the suitcase.
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