Police have confirmed the identities of human remains after a group of friends made a gruesome discovery while filming a TikTok video on a beach in the US city of Seattle.
The teenagers were using an app called Randonautica, which generates random coordinates for users to follow, and filming their journey on TikTok when they came across a black suitcase near the water’s edge.
In the video, a girl climbs down onto the rocks and approaches the suitcase
The teens joked that perhaps the mysterious bag contained money – until they opened it and were met with a horrible stench.
Another girl uses a stick to pry the suitcase open, revealing a large object wrapped in black plastic.
“As soon as she opened it, the smell was overwhelming,” the video caption said.
The teens decide to call police “to see if it’s actually a dead body or food” before leaving the area.
On their way out, police officers and emergency vehicles can be seen arriving at the location.
The teens later found out their find was in fact human remains.
Police searched the area and discovered another bag containing more remains, and later confirmed the bodies belonged to a 27-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman.
According to the King County Medical Examiner's office, the bodies have been identified as Jessica Lewis and her boyfriend Austin Wenner.
It’s believed the couple were killed on June 16, three days before the suitcases were found.
A homicide investigation is underway by Seattle Police.
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