Colorado authorities have discovered the remains of a missing individual beneath a layer of concrete in what they described as a “secret burial site.” Two suspects have been apprehended in connection with the case.
As per a press release issued by the Aurora Police Department, a tip was received via Crime Stoppers regarding a homicide that occurred in a local condominium approximately six to eight months ago.
Law enforcement officials stated, “The tip revealed that the victim, a 36-year-old male who had been missing since the summer of 2022, was interred in a concealed space and concealed beneath a layer of concrete.”
Upon arriving at the apartment, officers from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit obtained a search warrant and uncovered a concealed grave within the floor. The police have enlisted the assistance of contractors to extract the body, a process expected to span several days.
The victim’s identity has not yet been disclosed as authorities await confirmation and notification of next of kin. The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will subsequently determine the individual’s identity and cause of death.
Cassie Bock, a 29-year-old woman, was taken into custody after authorities discovered the clandestine burial site within the crawl space of her condominium. The police announced that she has been arrested on a charge of being an accessory to homicide and is being held without bail pending her initial court appearance.
A second suspect, Haskel Leroy Crawford, aged 38, was arrested on Thursday for first-degree murder. He was already in custody at the Jefferson County Jail on unrelated homicide charges. His bond has been set at $100,000.
It is currently unknown whether Bock or Crawford have legal representation available to provide comments on their behalf.
According to a police affidavit obtained by Fox31, the victim has been identified as Karl Beaman Jr. Family members reported that they had not been in contact with Beaman since May 2022. In an effort to locate him, a family member created a Facebook page where they received a tip indicating that Beaman’s body was buried beneath the crawl space of Bock’s residence. The family alleged that Crawford, who shares children with Bock, played a role in Beaman’s disappearance following an alleged catalytic converter theft involving Beaman and Crawford.
“The burial site is located beneath Casie Bock’s apartment in the crawl space, encased in cement. Both her and Leroy [Crawford] are responsible. I apologize,” the informant informed the police, according to the outlet. The tip was corroborated by a subsequent tip received by the police, confirming that it was provided by the same individual who had informed the family member of Beaman’s situation, as reported by Fox31. Officers proceeded to interview the tipster, who stated that Bock allegedly aided in concealing Beaman’s body.
During questioning by the authorities, Bock claimed that Beaman and Crawford were “close friends.” However, she later confessed that Crawford had murdered Beaman and she had assisted in hiding the body, according to the news outlet.
Paula Kinningham, a resident of the Red Sky Condos building, expressed her shock to Fox31 reporter Courtney Fromm, stating, “It’s enough to send shivers down your spine, make your skin crawl.”
Another neighbor added, “To be honest, I witnessed a lot of frantic behavior. I merely assumed she was under the influence of drugs.”
“The apartment would often be filled with loud music. I would hear pounding, drilling, and the sound of a grinder, among other things,” mentioned a third neighbor in an interview with the news station.
Individuals with information who have not yet come forward are urged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).