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Former Police Officer Arrested after Minn. Woman's Body Found in Suitcase

Updated: 06/26/2014 9:22 AM
Created: 06/25/2014 4:32 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

An arrest was made Wednesday in connection to the discovery of two bodies found inside a pair of suitcases along a rural road in southeastern Wisconsin earlier this month.

One of the women has been identified as 37-year-old Laura Simonson of Farmington, Minnesota. She was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 22, 2013. She was last seen in Rochester.

A West Allis man, 52-year-old Steven Zelich, was taken into custody in the death investigation. A West Allis police source told ABC affiliate WISN 12 News Zelich used to be a West Allis police officer.  

The second victim has not been identified, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

She is described as possibly Caucasian, between the ages of 15 and 35, about 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 to 140 pounds. She has long, straight dark brown or black hair. She has a pronounced overbite and crooked lower teeth, two piercings in each ear, and a quarter-sized heart tattoo on the lower left abdomen/pelvic area. 

Highway workers came across the suitcases on June 5 as they mowed the ditch along a rural highway in the Town of Geneva, about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

The workers moved them to the roadside. A passing driver spotted the suitcases and called police, who opened them and found the bodies.

Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minnesota, was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 22, 2013.
Photo: Town of Geneva Police Department
The second victim has not been identified, and police are asking for the public's help in identifying her.
Photo: Town of Geneva Police Department

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