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Man Charged With Murder Of Couple Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase By Teens In TikTok Video

Man Charged With Murder Of Couple Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase By Teens In TikTok Video

A man has been formally charged for the murder of the couple that were found stuffed inside a suitcase by teens in a TikTok video.

Michael Lee Dudley, 62, was the landlord of Jessica Lewis, 35, and Austin Wenner, 27, and has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Jessica Lewis. Credit: Facebook
Jessica Lewis. Credit: Facebook

Mr Wenner and Ms Lewis' bodies were found inside bin bags and in suitcases that washed ashore in West Seattle on 19 June.

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The medical examiner's office concluded the deaths most likely occurred on or around 9 June.

Family members explained how the pair had been in a relationship for over seven years and renting a room in the suspect's house since December 2019.

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The bodies of the couple were discovered in a suitcase on Alki Beach, Seattle on 19 June by teenagers who captured the disturbing footage on TikTok. On realising they had discovered human remains, they called the police.

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The viral video, which had been viewed more than 30 million times, was taken down from the social media site earlier this month.

Lewis' aunt Gina Jaschke launched a GoFundMe page in an attempt to find information on the couple's killer.

She wrote: "Jessica & Cash were good-hearted people. She leaves behind four beautiful children. Their parents and family are heartbroken beyond words. Along with countless friends and loved ones."

Dudley's bail has been set at $5 million (£3.7m) and he is expected to enter a plea at his arraignment on 8 September at the Kings County Courthouse.

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