Two mutilated bodies found in a suitcase in Seattle by teens making a TikTok video have been identified as a mother of four and her boyfriend.
Now their families are raising money to offer as a reward for information leading to their murderer’s arrest.
The bodies of Jessica Lewis, 35, and Austin ‘Cash’ Wenner, 27, were discovered on Alki Beach in Seattle on June 19.
The TikTok users who found the suitcases containing the victims’ dismembered bodies alerted the authorities and posted a video online.
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The human remains found by TikTok users in Seattle last month have been identified as belonging to Jessica Lewis, 35 (left), and her friend, Austin ‘Cash’ Wenner, 27 (right)
The King County Medical Examiner has since determined that both Lewis and Wenner had been shot a few days before the discovery of their remains. KIRO7.
“Something traumatic happened that changed my life,” TikTok user UghHenry wrote in the caption of the video.
The social media user used the hashtags ‘crime’ and ‘murder’.
“We found this black suitcase. We joked that the suitcase might have money …[But] the smell was overwhelming, ”the video captions explain.
In the clip, you hear the amateur videographer say to a girl, “Open it! It stinks. ‘
A TikTok video posted last month shows a group of young people opening a suitcase at Duwamish Head in Seattle, Washington. But they had no idea they had discovered human remains
Lewis’ aunt described the murdered woman as a kind-hearted mother of four who worked with adults with developmental delays. She and Wenner had been together for eight years
The discovery was near Luna Park on June 19, according to Seattle police
They hear a laugh before they realize that a black bag in the suitcase can hold something ominous.
The caption says they felt “a little scared” and “nervous.”
The clip then cuts to another girl calling 911 and the authorities arriving on the spot at Alki Avenue’s 1100 block.
According to the description of one GoFundMe campaign launched by Lewis’ aunt, Gina Jaschke, this week, her niece was shot multiple times while her longtime friend, Wenner, died of a single gunshot wound to the torso on June 16.
“Jessica & Cash were kind-hearted people,” Jaschke wrote. “She leaves behind 4 beautiful children. Their parents and family are heartbroken. Together with countless friends and loved ones. ‘
Jaschke began the online fundraiser on Monday hoping to raise $ 10,000 for a reward that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who murdered Lewis and Wenner.
So far, the campaign has received just a few dozen donations for a total of $ 730.
“She was the most caring person,” Jaschke told her murdered niece’s desk, who worked with adults who were developmentally delayed.
Jaschke said that Lewis and Wenner were a fun couple who had been together for eight years. The 35-year-old woman leaves four children behind.
“They were just nice normal people,” she said. “Nobody deserves what happened to them.”
Seattle police told it KING5 the case remains under ‘very active investigations’, but no arrests have been announced as of Wednesday afternoon.
TikTok users said they were sent to the area by an arbitrary coordinate app. Then they saw the suitcase
The young people hoped that the luggage would contain money. A girl is seen pricking it with sticks (right)
But the group felt something was wrong after they smelled what was inside. They called 911 and they felt ‘nervous’ and ‘scared’
According to a caption in the TikTok video that documents the gruesome discovery of the couple’s bodies, the amateur videographers were led to the rocky beach by the Randonautica app.
The app encourages people to explore areas around them by using a random number generator to come according to a set of coordinates Wired.
Users are told to establish an intention before embarking on the journey and later report whether they have experienced coincidences suggesting that the universe has fulfilled the intention.
“Randonaution has two main parts,” Joshua Lengfelder, who founded the Randonautist movement, told Wired. ‘Explore blind spots or nearby places that are outside your conscious consciousness, and experiment with interaction between mind and machine; the hypothesis that consciousness can influence the distribution of random numbers. ‘