Police identify body in suitcase, suspect arrested

December 8th, 2014 by Staff

Shamsiyev, 36, is facing first-degree murder and abandonment of a body charges.


(CBS5AZ.COM) PHOENIX, Arizona – Phoenix have identified the person whose body was found inside a black suitcase behind a local business and they have made an arrest in the case.

Investigators identified the suspect as Semyon Shamsiyev, 36. Police said he is an acquaintance of the victim, 25-year-old Kali Bouldin. Shamsiyev faces charges of first-degree murder and abandonment of a body.

Area employees found the full-size roller-type suitcase near a dumpster on the northeast corner of 16th Street and Bell Road at around 10:45 am. Thursday.

“They saw it was out of place, opened it up and they saw what appears to be a human body inside the bag,” Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.

They called police. Officers looked into the bag and saw a human body, Howard said.

Police said hours after Bouldin’s body was discovered, there was a report about a missing woman. Investigators connected the two incidents and also learned that Bouldin’s car was missing, as well. They later located it at an apartment complex in the same general area where Bouldin’s body was left.

“While canvassing this area, we were able to identify and locate a suspect,” Howard said Friday.

Investigators did not release any other details about Bouldin, including whether there were any signs of trauma on the body. They also did not release much information about Shamsiyev or how he knew Bouldin.

“I’ve been a cop for 20 years plus and this is one of the very unusual ones,” Howard said. “It’s scary and sad that someone has the ability to take a human being and maybe stuff him into a suitcase and leave it next to a dumpster.”

The Maricopa County medical examiner picked up the suitcase and plans to perform an autopsy. 

“We’re hoping there’s some video evidence that may be able to help us locate the suspects,” Howard said. 

When he updated the media Friday, Howard did not say anything more about video.

No weapons were found around the suitcase, Howard said.


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