Man arrested after his family found two garbage bags containing “human remains” at his home

A MAN has been arrested after family members found two garbage bags filled with human remains at his home.

A Seattle man has been charged with first-degree first-degree murder after being accused of fatally shooting his roommate in the head and dismembering him.

Richard Lavietes' body was found in two garbage bags by his family


Richard Lavietes’ body was found in two garbage bags by his familyPhoto Credit: Kiro 7 News
Laviete's colleague, pictured, called 911 concerned for his well-being


Laviete’s colleague, pictured, called 911 concerned for his well-beingPhoto Credit: Kiro 7 News

Court records show Nicholas Van Cleave was taken into custody after family members of Richard Lavietes entered the 41-year-old’s home with a spare key and found two garbage bags filled with what appeared to be human remains, the Seattle Times reported.

The document does not specify who will represent Van Cleave, who remains in prison in lieu of $2 million bail.

Lavietes’ body was found after a colleague called 911 on Monday and requested a welfare check, the indictment documents show.

Papers show she told a dispatcher she was concerned for her colleagues after he was forced to take a gun from his roommate, whom she described as mentally unstable.

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Cops said Van Cleave and Lavietes were friends and the defendant was invited to live with him after he lost his job.

Indictment papers show Lavietes told Van Cleave last week to go after the suspect through a gun house.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Lavietes was shot in the back of the head five times, according to the indictment, after which Lavietes was then dismembered.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Aubony G. Burns said in the indictment documents: “After the defendant murdered the victim, he took extensive and extreme steps to cover up the crime, including dismembering the victim’s body, hiding the remains in multiple locations around the house and then he concocts an elaborate story to cover up his murder when he is contacted by the police.”

When Lavietes’ family arrived at the house, they were greeted by Van Cleave, who told them it wasn’t a good idea to come in.

He allegedly told them Lavietes went camping for two days, leaving his vehicle and cell phone behind.

He also appeared to be blocking access to the upper floor, the documents say.

When family members checked upstairs, they found two large garbage bags containing blood on and near Lavietes’ main bathroom, the documents say.

One bag appeared to contain flesh and bones and was heavy when lifted.

A witness told police she saw Van Cleave walk to his vehicle, which was parked around the corner from their homes, several times during the afternoon of May 1.

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Others told police they heard repeated sounds of beating in the early morning of May 2.

Van Cleave has denied the allegations against him. Man arrested after his family found two garbage bags containing “human remains” at his home


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