A group of adolescents stumbled upon two lifeless bodies concealed within suitcases while recording TikTok videos on the shoreline in Seattle, as stated by authorities.
The victims have been identified as Jessica Lewis, aged 35, and her partner Austin “Cash” Wenner, aged 27, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office. Based on the condition of the bodies, it is believed that they were tragically gunned down on June 10.
According to the police, the teenagers made the horrifying discovery on the rugged coast of Alki Beach on June 19. The following day, they uploaded a modified video, accompanied by eerie music, on TikTok, where it has now garnered over 23.4 million views.
As per a news release, Seattle Police found one body in a suitcase and another inside a bag immersed in water at the crime scene.
Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle Police informed CNN that the TikTok video was posted a day after the bodies were discovered.
“We are relieved that the video has been made public. We have spoken to those involved, and their statements align with some of the provided information,” he said. “The teenagers discovered a bag on the beach that emitted a foul odor, prompting them to call 911.”
Authorities previously confirmed to local station KING 5 that there is no reason to question the authenticity of the video.
“I can assure you that it is accurate,” Jamieson confidently conveyed to Oxygen.
Gina Jaschke, Lewis’ aunt, revealed to local station KIRO 7 that the couple had been in a relationship for eight years. She also shared that Lewis was a devoted mother to four children.
“They were genuinely kind and ordinary individuals,” she expressed. “No one deserves the tragedy that befell them.”
In an effort to incentivize the identification of the perpetrators responsible for the couple’s death, Jaschke initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise a reward.
“What I can do is ensure that this stays at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts,” she stated. “Someone out there knows something.”