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Two Arrested After Missing Colorado Man’s Body Found In Condo Crawl Space
"It's enough to send shivers down your spine, make your skin crawl," neighbor Paula Kinningham said.
A pair of suspects were taken into police custody after authorities found the corpse of a Colorado man, who disappeared last summer, buried in a “clandestine” grave.
Haskel Leroy Crawford, 38, and Casie Bock, 29, were arrested on murder charges this week related to the death and disappearance of a missing 36-year-old man whose body was found in a condo crawl space.
On Monday, Aurora police received a tip regarding an alleged murder of the victim that unfolded roughly “six to eight months ago” at Bock’s home on E. 2nd Ave. The tipster informed investigators that the missing man in question, who vanished in the summer of 2022, was “buried in a crawl space and covered in concrete.” Homicide investigators later uncovered the “concealed grave” under the floor of the condo.
“Detectives are working with outside contractors to carefully recover the body,” the Aurora Police Department said in a press release Wednesday. “The excavation process is estimated to last through the end of the week."
The victim was later identified as Karl Beaman Jr., Denver television station KDVR reported. Police were informed of the suspects by one of Beaman’s relatives, according to the outlet.
The family member, who created a Facebook page in hopes of finding out what happened to Beaman, began getting messages through that account about Bock and Crawford, the relative told police.
One of those messages read, “He’s buried under Casie Bock’s apartment in the crawlspace, under cement. Her and Leroy [Crawford] did it. I’m sorry.”
On Thursday, police announced Bock and Crawford had been arrested on murder charges in connection with the case. It’s unclear what their relationship is.
According to the case’s affidavit, Crawford killed Beaman after wrongly suspecting he was a police informant. The two men had reportedly been stealing catalytic converters shortly before the murder. Beaman had been sought for an arrest warrant related to the thefts.
The two men were reportedly close friends. The case’s tipster told law enforcement that Bock had been using drugs and admitted that Crawford believed Beaman was working with police as an informant and later allegedly killed him over the suspicion.
Neighbors of the condo remained on high alert after police descended on the building following the discovery of the missing man’s body earlier this week.
"It's enough to send shivers down your spine, make your skin crawl," neighbor Paula Kinningham told KDVR.
Another resident said that she’d often heard strange noises emanating from Bock’s apartment prior to her arrest.
"I heard a lot of frantic behavior to be honest with you,” one fellow resident stated. “I just thought she was on drugs. She would have loud music on. I would hear pounding and drilling and a grinder, all kinds of stuff."
Crawford is being held at a Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 bond on unrelated homicide charges, according to online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. Bock is currently in custody without bond at the Aurora Jail, police said. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available for them on Friday.
Anyone with further information related to the ongoing case is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).