Ari Misha Liggett's mom ID'd as dismembered body found in car, more shocking details (44)

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Yesterday, we told you about the startling case of Ari Misha Liggett, who was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after the dismembered remains of a woman were found in the backseat of his car; see our previous coverage below. Now, the victim has been positively identified as Beverly Liggett, the suspect's mother -- and additional details are surfacing regarding her fears about her son and the search that led to a particularly gruesome discovery.

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Liggett's 2010 mug shot.
As we've reported, the 24-year-old Liggett's name first appeared in this space after a 2010 arrest on a weapons charge led to a bizarre chemical scare at a Boulder homeless shelter involving a substance later identified as potassium ferrocyanide in granular form. Then, on Monday, family members reported that Liggett and his mother, with whom he lived, were missing. Credit card transactions told authorities Liggett had visited the Western Slope, but they didn't sight him until the early morning hours of Wednesday, as he drove in an Arapahoe County neighborhood near their 6223 East Peakview Avenue address in Centennial. Liggett was arrested after a one-car crash and brief foot chase, after which officers discovered the dismembered remains of an adult female in the backseat of his car.

The Arapahoe County coroner has now positively identified the body as belonging to Beverly, a registered nurse. Meanwhile, 9News spoke with Ronald Liggett, Ari's father, whose concerns, and those of Beverly's current boyfriend, when Beverly didn't answer the phone originally led to the investigation. He told the station Liggett is mentally ill. "This is a mental-health issue," he said. "Like you're seeing every day in the papers, it won't be positively addresses until the society takes it as seriously as the war on drugs or terrorism."

More details from the station: Investigators who entered the Peakview home when the case was still about a missing person, not homicide, discovered blood in a freezer and bathtub, as well as what are described as "cutting tools" in the dishwasher. Also on scene was what's believed to be potassium cyanide in its more dangerous liquid form.

The implication: Liggett may have killed and dismembered Beverly in Centennial before he was caught with her remains -- meaning he may have been driving around with them for days.

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The crime scene at the Liggett's Centennial home.
For his part, Liggett reportedly told police that he found his mom dead in the living room of the home and believed she'd killed herself -- but rather than calling the authorities, he put her in the freezer out of panic. He added, however, that he'd recently found out he wasn't listed in his mom's will, which could be taken as a motive.

More disturbing information is found in a January 2010 court filing accessed by 9News. According to the documents, Beverly was afraid for her life more than two years ago due to her son's actions. Part of her concerns came from the discovery of a modified rifle, supplemented by two containers of potassium ferrocyanide and a gas mask, among his stuff -- but he's also said to have announced in the past that he intended to "get rid of the family," including Beverly and his younger sister.

Here's a 9News report about the crime, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage, including photos and a map of the area near the crime scene.



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RealisticalySpeaking
RealisticalySpeaking

I think if somebody threatens you, or makes you feel like your life is at stake, even if they are family, you should trust your instinct and take them for their word and walk away from it. Unless they are a toddler, you don't need to worry about them (if you are a mother), or anyone in the family for any reason at all. If they are not toddlers then walk away from anyone who makes you feel like your life is in danger. and don't go back. the good thing about the world today is there are so many ways of communication, so you can actually stay away from a family memeber who is not good to you but be civil and human enough to keep some connection. I will tell you right now, they might hate you for not wanting to be around them whatsoever, or make you feel like you are wrong for abandoning them. but don't fall for it. No one. Not even a member of your family , is worth putting your own life at stake. If you feel you are in danger, even the slightest danger. Act Fast. and do what you can to stay away. And Never Ever meet them in person again. For your own sake. Just keep communication online, like a webcam, skype or face time. And Don't ever tell them where your adress is and make sure no one else gives it out for your own sake. Not even on the holidays or birthdays. Don't make any contact inperson if you feel your life is at stake. Don't doubt your instincts. They tell you the truth. It doesn't mean they are family it doesn't mean they are good for you.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

Dear Kevin,

 

I know we've had our differences, you being born late and like that ever since, but I hope you aren't planning anything quite this crazy.

 

Mom

 

ps: have you seen your father's axe?, he can't seem to find it.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He loved his mother to pieces ....

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

because hes fuked up in the head just like the freak from the movie theater just like the pshyco that got little jessica. if you all want to try and and fix these jackasses then you take the dime outta your own bank account and not from the taxes we pay. you want to write a story about something write one about putting these phsyco's 6 feet under and move on to how people can keep thier kids safe. you know i read or started to read something about feeling sorry for the movie dude nobody forced him to boobytrap his apartment or buy all that ammo or kill innocent people going to watch a comic book movie for godsakes.i dont feel a damn thing for any of em and i hope someone kills em as they walk from the courtroom. fuk them and any rights they once had, you have to be human first

Colleen Luckett
Colleen Luckett

They have always happened. We just hear about it more now in our hyper-connected world.

Star Stepping
Star Stepping

hmmm ? BUT The front range has highly toxic mold including black mold usually not an issue unless someone has compromised system.. high levels of molds in body that are untreated can cause insanity.. also Colorado has high cancer rates and some in the medical profession think cancer is a type of mold .High levels of mold in the body ( in stage four of symptoms ) cause cancer.

Mailou Vang
Mailou Vang

People need to start realizing that mental illnesses are real even when you don't see them. Then maybe as a society can take better action to prevent things like this.

melia.bock1
melia.bock1

The woman who was nearly abducted last may near Arvarda reported a chemical soaked rag was used by her attacker, the little girl who was murdered there this month was dismembered. The two cases may be related.Now this man has used chemicals and dismemembered his victim. Could there be a connection?

wondering
wondering

could there be a connection between this horrible incident and Jessica Ridgeway??

terry.crook
terry.crook

Ari is mentally ill. He comes from a good family

speegbj
speegbj

 @melia.bock1 It's strange, for sure, these two guys used chemicals and dismemberment as part of the crimes they committed. Strange indeed. I'm beginning to think there's something weird in the atmosphere in Colorado; though I dread to say that. I lived in Loveland about 30 years ago.

Nessa
Nessa

 @melia.bock1 No one has released the information that she was "dismembered." All that was said was that her body was "not intact," which could have resulted from an animal. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @wondering Could there be a connection between Wondering & after-birth ?

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