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CHARGES: Former Wis. cop admits killing 2 women, hiding bodies

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Charging documents filed in Wisconsin on Thursday leveled two counts of hiding a corpse against a 52-year-old former police officer who admitted to causing the deaths of two women he met online and hiding their bodies in suitcases for months.


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The gruesome discovery was made by a highway worker who was mowing the grass on North Como Road on June 5, about a half a mile north of County Road H near the town of Geneva, Wis. Officials identified one of the bodies as 37-year-old Laura Simonson, of Farmington, Minn., using dental records. Her family reported her missing in November, and officials recently scoured a hotel in Rochester in connection with her case.

The criminal complaint specifically acknowledged that the incidents involving Steven Zelich were not exhaustively put to paper in the initial filing; however, the documents do say that Zelich admitted that he caused the death of the two women, hid their bodies and eventually drove them to the area where they were recovered.

BODIES WERE DECOMPOSED, BOUND

Charging documents revealed that both of the bodies found near the town of Geneva were bound and had begun to decompose. Police said Simonson was found naked with a rope wrapped around her neck and a sexual ball gag strapped into her mouth with a collar. The other woman, identified only as "Jane Doe" in charging documents, had her hands bound in rope behind her back.

Police said that both women had been dead for a long period of time before the discovery, adding that interviews with Zelich indicate that Jane Doe died more than a year ago.

ZELICH ADMITS CAUSING DEATHS, HIDING BODY IN HOME

The criminal complaint states that Zelich told investigators he first meting Jane Doe via an online chat in 2012 and met her in person later that year or in early 2013 in Kenosha County, Wis. Zelich further admitted that during that meeting, he caused her death and then put her body in a suitcase, which he hid inside his West Allis home.

Zelich told investigators that he also met Simonson online before meeting her in Rochester, Minn., in November of last year. He admitted that he also caused her death, put her in a suitcase, and then drove her body back to Wisconsin. He told police he kept her corpse hidden inside his vehicle.

Police said that Zelich also admitted that he drove the suitcases containing the bodies out to the location where they were found in the first week of June and hid them in tall gross. Zelich is expected to appear in court on Friday afternoon.

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