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New Orleans Police find body of woman cut out from freezer of ‘Dexter’ man

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New Orleans Police find body of woman cut out from freezer of ‘Dexter’ man

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New Orleans police officers who were looking for a missing woman found a body cut up in a freezer, a reciprocating saw covered in “pieces of flesh” and her wallet in a safe on the property, according to court documents.

Micah Dardar reported that his ex-wife Julia Dardar, 36, went missing just before midnight on December 23, 2021, according to New Orleans police.

Micah Dardar told police her ex moved in with 33-year-old suspected methamphetamine and cannabis trafficker Benjamin Beale, at a house on Pauline Street.

Police spoke with Beale that evening and he told them he had not seen Julia Dardar since December 16, court documents show. He said they had their own relationship issues and he thought maybe she was suicidal.

He told the officer who responded that Julia Dardar left her home but left her things and her car behind.

On January 5, 2022, Beale attended the police station and made a contradictory statement about Julia Dardar’s disappearance – saying he last saw her on December 12, according to an affidavit.

“It should be noted that Beale gave no 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 his disappearance “because he lost his cell phone and could not afford to contact the police.”

Police issued a search warrant at Beale’s home on Jan.11 and saw extension cords come out the back door and enter a Chevrolet Diesel 60 bus parked in the yard, according to the criminal complaint – and inside, they found a freezer and a cooler.

In the freezer, investigators discovered “the headless torso of what appeared to be an adult human woman,” according to court documents.

She had suffered deep cuts which “appeared to have been inflicted post-mortem”.

In a cooler near Coleman, police said they found a reciprocating saw “which appeared to have bits of flesh and fluid on the blade.” Nearby, they found protective goggles, a plastic face shield and garbage bags.

Police also found an alleged methamphetamine lab and illegal weapons, court documents reveal.

The crystals found in the house then tested positive for methamphetamine, according to an affidavit.

In a safe in one of the bedrooms, detectives said they found Julia Dardar’s purse, wallet, ID and credit cards. Police also said they found at least two illegal firearms.

The alleged makeshift meth lab was about 105 feet from a nearby school.

After police arrested Beale, he declined to speak further, authorities said.

He is currently being held on $ 400,000 bail at the Orleans Justice Center on a multitude of charges – but not homicide, according to court documents.

The charges relate to the alleged obstruction of justice in the missing person’s case, the distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana, illegal possession of weapons and the operation of a “clandestine drug lab”.

The identity of the remains has not yet been publicly confirmed by authorities.

Beale also identified himself as “Kelley Kirkpatrick” on Facebook, according to NOLA.com. A social media account under the pseudonym showed Beale posing for a selfie posted in early November with an overlay of Showtime’s “Dexter” – a popular series about a serial killer who dismembered his victims.

Another selfie showed him dressed in an all-white protective suit, wearing goggles and holding a semi-automatic rifle.

And last year, the account shared an image of a cut up alligator neatly laid out on a kitchen table.

Beale is due to return to court on March 3. A spokesperson for the Public Defender’s Office, which represents him, said he was not commenting on pending cases.

New Orleans Police find body of woman cut out from freezer of ‘Dexter’ man

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