New Orleans police officers who were searching for a missing woman found a chopped up body in a freezer, a reciprocating saw covered in "bits of flesh" and her wallet in a safe on the property, according to court documents.
Micah Dardar reported his estranged wife Julia Dardar, 36, missing just before midnight on Dec. 23, 2021, according to New Orleans police.
Micah Dardar told police his ex had moved in with Benjamin Beale, a 33-year-old alleged meth and pot dealer, at a house on Pauline Street.
Police spoke with Beale that evening and he told them he hadn’t seen Julia Dardar since Dec. 16, according to court documents. He said they were having relationship issues of their own and that he believed she may have been suicidal.
He told the responding officer that Julia Dardar had moved out of his home but left her belongings and car behind.
On Jan. 5, 2022, Beale went to the police station and gave a contradictory statement on Julia Dardar’s disappearance – saying he’d last seen her on Dec. 12, an affidavit states.
"It should be noted that Beale did not give any indication that he was worried about Julia and/or any indication that he attempted to locate Julia," the affidavit continues. He also told police, in person, that he waited to report her missing "because he had lost his cellular phone and did not have the means to contact police."
Police served a search warrant at Beale’s home on Jan. 11 and saw extension cords running out the back door and into a Chevrolet Diesel 60 bus parked in the yard, according to the criminal complaint – and inside they found a freezer and ice box.
In the freezer, investigators discovered "the headless torso of what appeared to be an adult human female," court documents state.
She’d suffered deep cuts that "appeared to have been inflicted post-mortem."
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