- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - A body has been found inside a suitcase at a SeaTac apartment complex.

Because the body is in bad condition, the medical examiner will need to determine the gender, identification and cause of death, King County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stan Seo said.

Detectives were called to the Abbey Ridge Apartments at 8:30 a.m. Monday after a maintenance worker discovered the body just before the garbage trucks arrived to empty the dumpsters, Seo said.

This is the second time since May that the sheriff’s office has investigated a body found in a suitcase. The other one was found in Kent, Washington, about 3 to 5 miles southeast of SeaTac.

Detectives said a man discovered a suitcase in a park near the Green River Bridge on May 27 and when he opened the suitcase, he found a body tucked inside and called police.

That woman was believed to be between 50 and 60 years old with a small build. She did not have any obvious injuries, and Seo said the King County medical examiner’s office was unable to determine cause of death.

Seo said they are treating the SeaTac death as a homicide and are seeking the public’s help.

The two detectives investigating the two cases do not believe they are linked, he said.

“They don’t think they’re connected, except there were two bodies discarded in a suitcase,” Seo said. “But it’s very early to tell.”


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