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Arrest made in case of corpse found in suitcase

Police say a former roommate killed Scott Stephen Bernheisel.
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Authorities announced Monday evening that they arrested a suspect in the death of a 41-year-old man whose corpse was found in a suitcase near Philadelphia International Airport, saying he was killed by a former roommate for unknown reasons.

Victim Scott Stephen Bernheisel's body was found in a sleeping bag inside a suitcase in Tinicum Township on May 28 around 1:50 p.m. by a man walking his dog.

Bernheisel died from being beaten and stabbed in the neck, medical examiners said.

Thomas Brennan, of Philadelphia is chargedwith the murder.

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ProsecutorssayBrennan, who along with Bernheisel had occasaionally stayed in a local house,killed Bernheisel, then stored him in a sleeping bag in a closet in a thehouse before he placed his body in a suitcase and left it by the side of the road.A

After investigators learned that Bernheiseland Brennanhad both stayed at the home, they confirmed from residents who resided there that a suitcase used to store old Christmas decorations was missing. Investigators confirmed that the suitcase was the one that Bernheisel's body was found in.

No motive was listed.

 
 
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