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Remains of 2 bodies found in suitcases on West Seattle beach identified

On June 19, a person filming a TikTok appeared to have stumbled across a suitcase, which authorities later discovered had human remains inside.

SEATTLE — Seattle police have identified the remains of two bodies found inside bags earlier this month on a West Seattle beach. 

On June 19, police responded after getting a call about a suspicious bag on the beach near the water in the 1100 block of Alki Avenue SW.

Another bag was found in the water, and once the contents inside were determined to be human remains, detectives responded to investigate, according to a release from the Seattle Police Department.

The King County Medical Examiner's office identified the deceased as 35-year-old Jessica Lewis who died in Seattle on June 16 from multiple gunshot wounds. The second victim was identified as 27-year-old Austin Wenner who died of a gunshot wound to the torso on June 16. The manner of death for both victims is homicide. 

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Detectives said they do not believe this case is connected to any other investigations in the Puget Sound area.

There are no suspects in custody. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.

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