Human remains found on Ninth Ward man’s property; arrest made
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Ninth Ward man was arrested Tuesday (Jan. 11) after New Orleans police executing a search warrant found human remains on his Pauline Street property, authorities said.
The NOPD has not accused 34-year-old Benjamin Beale of committing a homicide, but they arrested him and booked him with obstruction of justice in a death investigation after he refused to answer questions about the dead body during an interview at police headquarters.
Beale also was booked with illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and two counts of creating/operating a clandestine drug lab, according to court records.
Beale, who also goes by the name Kelley Kirkpatrick, made his first appearance in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court on Wednesday. A magistrate judge set his bond at $400,000.
- $100,000 for obstruction of justice
- $25,000 for distribution of methamphetamine
- $150,000 for illegally carrying a weapon with a controlled deadly substance
- $25,000 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana
- $100,000 for creating or operating a clandestine drug lab
Police have provided few details of what prompted them to search Beale’s residence in the 2300 block of Pauline Street, except to say that the probe was “related to a missing person investigation.” The identity of the missing person has not been disclosed, nor has the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office yet revealed the name of the person whose corpse was found.
However, a Slidell man told WVUE-Fox 8 that his estranged wife, 36-year-old Julia Dardar, was reported missing from the Pauline Street address after not being seen since the week before Christmas. The man said Julia Dardar was last known to be staying with Beale, and that Beale had been using her car left at his residence.
According to her estranged husband, Julia Dardar was “suffering from addiction and mental health issues,” and that Beale told police he had not seen her since mid-December, but failed to report it.
“We hope to find her alive,” the man said, “but it’s not looking good at the moment.”
Patricia Dardar, Julia’s mother-in-law, said in a social media post that family members were on Beale’s property Jan. 5 to pick up Julia’s belongings.
Court records show no prior arrests of Beale in Orleans Parish.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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