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Coroner IDs victim found in suitcase in Pueblo dumpster

The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase that was thrown in a dumpster last Thursday.

According to a statement from the coroner’s office Monday, 58-year-old Maria Agnes Cuevas-Garcia was the victim killed and put into the dumpster.

Late Friday evening, police confirmed the arrest of Anthony Cuevas and his wife, Melanie Ann Cuevas, both 36. Anthony Cuevas has been charged with first-degree murder.

Pueblo police say Cuevas identified the victim in this case as his mother.

Anthony is believed to be the man who stuffed Cuevas-Garcia’s body into a large suitcase and dropped it into a trash dumpster behind a car wash near the intersection of Ivywood Lane and Pueblo Boulevard early Thursday morning.

Surveillance cameras from the car wash and a nearby apartment complex recorded the act that occurred Thursday morning.

Police said they contacted the couple at around 5:30 p.m. Friday after receiving several phone calls about them. Officers and detectives took the couple into custody near Adolfo’s Taco Shop, along U.S. 50, on Pueblo’s north side.

No court date for the couple was announced.

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A homicide suspect was arrested Friday evening in connection with a woman’s body being dumped in a suitcase Thursday. That’s according to Pueblo PD Watch I & II Commander.

According to the report, officers, along with parole and detectives were able to locate the suspect near Adolfo’s restaurant on the northeast side. Police haven’t confirmed that the man arrested is Anthony Cuevas, who was previously identified as a person of interest.

However, a video of the arrest captured by the witness shows a man who very closely matches Cuevas’ description. A woman was also taken into custody.

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