The body of Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minn., was found June 5, 2014, in one of two suitcases dumped beside a country road in Geneva, Wis. She was reported missing in November. The woman in the other suitcase has not been identified. / Town of Geneva, Wis., Police
Wisconsin police have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the bodies of two women found stuffed into suitcases in early June.
Town of Geneva police said Wednesday that Stephen Zelich, of West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, was taken into custody, and that one of the victims had been identified.
Authorities say Zelich, a 52-year-old security guard from West Allis, Wisconsin, met his victims online, bound and killed them and kept their bodies for months, either in his vehicle or his home, though he has not yet been charged in their deaths.
Police broke down the door to Zelich's apartment Wednesday morning after no one answered, and investigators later began removing items from inside, neighbors told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The bodies of 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minn., and the second victim were found in separate suitcases June 5 by a highway worker mowing grass in the Town of Geneva, about 35 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Simonson's mother had reported her missing in November from her Minneapolis-area home.
Police said the other woman may be Caucasian, between 15 and 34 years, with long dark hair, a pronounced overbite and a quarter-size heart tattoo on her lower abdomen.
Autopsies have been completed, but lab results could take up to two weeks more, Chief Steven Hurley said.
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