Pueblo Coroner identifies woman whose remains were found in suitcase

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PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo County Coroner have identified a woman who remains were found inside a suitcase last week as 58-year-old Maria Agnes Cuevas-Garcia. The coroner has not released the cause of her death.

Police arrested 36-year-old Anthony Cuevas in connection to Cuevas-Garcia’s death. He is charged with 1st degree murder and a parole violation.

36 year-old Melanie Ann Cuevas was also arrested on charges of criminal impersonation warrant.

Pueblo Police have confirmed the victim as Anthony Cuevas’ mother.

The arrest affidavit was supposed to be released Monday, but the judge immediately sealed it.

“There’s some circumstances in this case, that are not for the faint of heart, it’s not an ideal situation,” Sergeant Frank Ortega said.

The Pueblo Police Department struggled whether to release the surveillance video or not. However, the public called into the police department 3-4 times reporting Cuevas whereabouts, which led to his arrest Friday morning.

“This case is far from done, there are still some missing pieces to the puzzle,” Ortega explained.

Police expect more charges to be filed against Cuevas and charges for other people as well since detectives collected evidence at a house for two days.

Sergeant Ortega could not say where they believe the actual crime took place, but did say that the house where the warrant was served is connected to be both the suspect and the victim.

Detectives found the 2017 blue Nissan Versa seen in the surveillance video at Dionisio’s Metal & Iron, a junkyard about five miles away from the dumpster.

Cuevas is set to be in court on Wednesday, October 23.

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