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Family reflects on woman found dead in Pueblo dumpster

Granddaughter says her grandmother was 'selfless'
Family reflects on woman found dead in Pueblo dumpster
Posted at 10:54 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 00:54:58-04

SOUTHERN COLORADO — The Pueblo community shaken after a woman was killed, her body put into a suitcase and thrown into a dumpster. Pueblo police believe the murder suspect is her own son. News 5 spoke with the victim's granddaughter, who said she never saw this coming.

The coroner identified the woman found dead as 58-year-old Maria Cuevas-Garcia, but her granddaughter said she was called Mary. With shocking details, like a search for missing body parts, Cuevas-Garcia's granddaughter said the family is struggling to come to terms with her death.

The victim's granddaughter, Destia Hamilton, said her grandmother loved to fish among many other things. "She was pretty much the life of our family, she loved to be involved in everything, she was very selfless and helpful," said Hamilton.

Hamilton said she had been living with her grandmother since 2015, but moved out around two weeks ago, when her uncle, 36-year-old Anthony "Antonio" Cuevas moved into the home. Cuevas is the main suspect in the case. "For him to do this, after she was willing to open her home to him and feed him and his wife, you know, it just doesn't make any sense," said Hamilton.

Hamilton said she could have never predicted what police say happened, because her grandmother loved Anthony Cuevas. "I didn't really trust my uncle to begin with, I always had this bad feeling... It's pretty disgusting, it's haunting as well," said Hamilton.

She said she feels numb currently, and has been trying to distract herself from the investigation. "We just want my uncle to come clean with everything so that we could eventually let this go... I don't really want to say anything to him, I just want to forget, honestly, that he even exists," said Hamilton.

Anthony Cuevas was arrested for first degree murder and a parole violation. Melanie Cuevas was arrested on a warrant for criminal impersonation. There could be additional charges in the future.

The department is asking anyone with information about the case or the location of the missing body parts to call.

You can call Captain Eric Bravo at (719) 320-6049, Detective Ron Gravatt at (719) 320-6022 or Detective Ryan Torres at (719) 320-6037.

If you'd like to remain anonymous, you can contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-7867.