Bag of human remains found along Arkansas River belong to victim in October homicide

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A bag of human remains found along the Arkansas River Tuesday reportedly belong to the victim of an October 2019 homicide.

Police tell 11 News reporter Kasia Kerridge the ranger saw a "suspicious" bag along the river near the 200 block of Howard Avenue and peeked inside. He immediately called law enforcement when he saw what the bag's contents were.

The coroner confirmed Friday the remains are those of Maria Cuevas-Garcia, who was murdered and stuffed in a suitcase last year. At the time she was found last October, Cuevas-Garcia's head, hands and feet were missing. Her remaining parts were found Tuesday.

Police said Cuevas-Garcia's remains could have been in the bag for weeks or months.

"I wouldn’t say it was hidden but there’s weeds around it. It’s a pretty steep embankment so I mean, you could be walking right by it and not even see it," said Sergeant Franklyn Ortega of PPD about the bag.

The scene was cleared as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. This article will be updated.