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Police: Three dismembered bodies found in Fort Worth dumpster fire, triple murder

Victim David Lueras
Posted at 8:39 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 23:57:14-04

The Fort Worth Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating the suspect of a triple murder after dismembered bodies were discovered inside a dumpster.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, around 6:20 p.m. the Fort Worth Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire outside of a business located on the 3100 block of Bonnie Drive. As the department extinguished the fire, three bodies were discovered inside.

The heavily burned and dismembered bodies were that of an unknown child, a young teenage or adult female, and one adult male, according to the Fort Worth Homicide unit that responded to the discovery.

"The dismembered condition of the bodies is making the identification process difficult," said the police department in the request for assistance on Friday.

The adult male victim is identified as 42-year-old David Lueras.

"He is known to frequent the Dallas area and has some ties to the Hurst, Euless and Bedford area," said police. "Identifying the perpetrators and suspects of this triple murder is the primary goal of this investigation."

On Tuesday, Forth Worth police said they arrested a 41-year-old electrician's apprentice, Jason Thornburg, in connection with the triple homicide. Thornburg is also connected to other homicides earlier this year.

In interviews with detectives, Thornburg admitted to his involvement with the homicides, providing details; according to Fort Worth police, and then admitted to killing another female in another state.

Thornburg was arrested without incident and remains in custody at the Tarrant County Jail with a bond set at $1 million.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders who showed up on scene that day, and investigators who investigated this," said the Fort Worth Police Chief. "It's not something anyone should ever have to see."

The police department said other jurisdictions have reached out in regards to potential ties to other homicide cases.