Man arrested after dismembered body found in freezer in New Orleans


New Orleans
Benjamin J. Beale appears in an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office mugshot.

Authorities investigating the disappearance of a reported missing woman found a headless human torso in a freezer inside an old bus parked beside a New Orleans Home.

A man who lived at the house was arrested on an obstruction charge after the remains were found, news outlets reported, but no charges were filed for the death.

WDSU-TV reported that residents said police were in the neighborhood Sunday asking if they smelled anything. Officers returned to a house where a bus covered in graffiti was parked.

News outlets reported that officers, who were investigating the whereabouts of a woman last seen in November, found dismembered remains in a freezer inside the bus. Neither the identity of the person nor the cause of death was immediately determined.

Benjamin Beale, 34, was arrested on multiple charges, including obstruction of justice of a homicide investigation. Baele was also charged with offenses, including operating a drug laboratory and distributing methamphetamine.

A neighbor expressed sorrow for the victim's family.

"The fact that it happened next door is incredible. I cannot believe it," Tracey Pearson said.

Court records weren't available Wednesday to show whether Beale had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Publish : 2022-01-13 15:01:00

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