Phoenix police ID body found in suitcase, arrest suspect

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PHOENIX – Phoenix police have identified a body found in a suitcase and have made an arrest.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the victim is 25-year-old Kali Bouldin.

Police have identified the suspect as Semyon Shamsiyev, 36. Police said he is an acquaintance of the victim. He faces charges of first-degree murder and abandonment of a body.

Bouldin's body was found inside a full-size roller-type suitcase next to a dumpster at 16th Street and Bell Road Thursday morning.

A couple of restaurant employees taking out trash made the discovery at about 10:45 a.m.

"There was a fairly new suitcase by the side of it. Went to lift the case, but it was really heavy," one employee told 3TV off camera. "Opened up a little bit and just saw a body in it. No blood."

On Thursday night, Phoenix police received a call reporting a missing woman and detectives were able to connect the two incidents.

Police also learned that the victim's vehicle was missing and they located it at an apartment complex in the same general area where the victim was found.

They located Shamsiyev while canvassing the neighborhood.

"I think he was a little unwitting when he came back and was confronted by the police that had already identified and located him," Howard said. "I don't think he knew we were onto him that quickly."

Howard said the investigation is continuing as detectives work to determine a motive for the crime and process additional evidence.


Body found in suitcase near Phoenix dumpster