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Roommate Arrested After Man Found Dead in a Suitcase: Police

Newsweek 12/29/2021 Anders Anglesey
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A Tennessee man has been arrested after the body of his roommate was found in a suitcase left near a Memphis dumpster, according to police.

Julian Summers, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse after the body of his roommate Bruce Jeffries, 63, was found in a suitcase on December 12, according to WREG.

Jeffries' body was positively identified on December 20 by police officers, the network added.

Officers said that when they opened the suitcase, they found that Jeffries had died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

According to WREG, a witness told investigators they saw Summers drag the suitcase Jeffries body was found in through an alley in Pine and Eastmoreland in Midtown at about 10 a.m. on December 12.

Police said the witness alleged Summer attempted to throw the suitcase in the dumpster, but that it was too heavy.

When the suspect noticed he had been watched, he allegedly dropped the suitcase and ran down the alley towards Union Avenue, according to the network.

Memphis police investigators said they found a blood trail that led to the Broad Moor apartment complex on South Cleveland.

Upon searching the apartment, investigators said they found signs of a struggle and blood inside, according to WREG.

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Authorities told the network that Summers and Jeffries had been roommates for the past two years.

Newsweek has contacted the Memphis Police Department for comment.

Earlier this year, the body of a missing pregnant woman was found stuffed into a suitcase in North Carolina.

According to warrants obtained by CBS 17 in February, the body found inside the suitcase near the Neuse River in Wake County was that of missing 28-year-old Brittany Smith.

Thomas Clayton Johnson and Emmalei Grace Trevathan were arrested by Wake County Sheriff's Office police during a traffic stop in Raleigh.

Both were charged with murder, murder of an unborn child and concealment of a body.

In September, the body of a former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide detective was found inside a California garage freezer.

The body of Miriam E. Travis, 87, was found inside a Riverside home after concerned out-of-state family members called the police when they did not hear about her for a while, according to ABC7.

During their search of the house, officers found Travis' body inside a freezer inside the garage.

Police described the home as being disheveled, similar to hoarder conditions, according to the network.

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