THE man taken into custody after the body of a dismembered woman body was found inside the freezer of a bus on his property posted several photos on social media, including one with a gun.
Benjamin Beale, 34, who also goes by the name Kelley Kirkpatrick, has been booked with obstruction of justice in a death investigation and several drugs and weapons charges.
The charges come after he allegedly refused to answer questions about the dismembered corpse on the bus believed to belong to him.
Photos on Beale’s social media, posted on his Kirkpatrick name, feature stickers of the fictional serial killer, Dexter Morgan, from the crime drama, Dexter.
Another more chilling photo shows Beale in a white disposable jumpsuit with goggles on, holding a gun while staring at the camera.
At this time, Beale hasn’t been charged with a homicide or any crime related to the disappearance of Julia Dardar, 36.
However, court documents confirm that the NOPD executed a search warrant of Beale’s property in an effort to find clues related to Dardar, who recently lived with Beale.
Dardar was reported missing on December 23 by her estranged husband, who told police she had problems with mental health and addiction.
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Beale told police that he hadn’t seen Dardar since December 16, claiming that she was suicidal due to her moving out without taking her belongings or car.
However, when Beale met with police again on January 5, he said he hadn’t spoken to Dardar since December 12. He said they were ending their cohabitation “due to her drug habits,” and against suggested that she may have committed suicide.
According to Beale, he hadn’t reported Dardar as missing sooner because he had lost his cell phone and had no way to contact the police.
Detectives conducted a search warrant on Tuesday on Beale’s property where they found a padlocked bus in the backyard, according to court documents.
When detectives entered the bus, they found power cords connected to a deep freezer.
“Upon opening the lid of the freezer, investigators observed the headless torso of what appeared to be an adult human female,” read the affidavit.
“A deep linear cut was visible along the left shoulder/upper arm area, which appeared to have been inflicted post-mortem.”
The court documents continue, saying that a Coleman ice chest was found nearby containing a reciprocating saw that appeared to have “bits of flesh and fluid” on the blade.
Beale was taken into custody and has refused to make any further statement.