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Colorado police ask for public's help finding parts of dismembered body

Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 12:21:34-04

PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Police Department in Colorado is asking for the public's help finding the missing body parts of a woman who was found dead in a suitcase in a dumpster last week.

PPD found the body at a car wash off Ivywood Lane on Oct. 17.

The victim was later identified by the coroner as 58-year-old Maria Cuevas-Garcia on Oct. 21.

Officers revealed Wednesday that the body was dismembered and said the victim's body was missing a head, both hands and both feet.

PPD said they kept this information to help find the suspect or anyone involved with the murder since they would have known this detail.

Officers said they have been looking for the missing body parts using K-9 units on the southwest side of Pueblo near State Highway 78 since the start of the investigation.

Anthony Cuevas
Pueblo police confirm Anthony "Antonio" Cuevas is a person if interest.

Authorities arrested 36-year-old Anthony "Antonio" Cuevas, the victim's son, and his wife 36-year-old Melanie Cuevas on Oct. 18.

Anthony Cuevas was arrested for first degree murder and a parole violation. Melanie Cuevas was arrested on a warrant for criminal impersonation. There could be additional charges in the future.

The department is asking anyone with information about the case or the location of the missing body parts to call.

You can call Captain Eric Bravo at (719) 320-6049, Detective Ron Gravatt at (719) 320-6022 or Detective Ryan Torres at (719) 320-6037.

If you'd like to remain anonymous, you can contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-7867.

This story was originally published by Brenda Argueta on KOAA.