PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police have made an arrest after a man was found stuffed inside of a suitcase near the Philadelphia International Airport late last month.
Authorities say the victim was 41-year-old Scott Bernheisel.
Police have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Thomas Brennan of Philadelphia.
On May 28, someone walking their dog found the suitcase containing Bernheisel’s body after smelling a strong odor behind the Tinicum Township Industrial Park.
Police say through further investigation, it was determined that sometime on Friday, May 22, Bernheisel was beaten and robbed.
Authorities say, “Based on witness accounts, and the investigation, it was determined by authorities that Thomas Brennan murdered Scott Stephen Bernheisel and stored him in a closet, in a sleeping bag, in a house on the 200 block of Wilder Street in Philadelphia, and then transported him to Tinicum Township in a suitcase, which he left on the side of the road.”
Police say Brennan is charged with: murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy, abuse of corpse and related offenses.