A Wisconsin man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two women who were each discovered stuffed inside suitcases at the first part of June, stated Wisconsin police. Stephen Zelich, age 52, of West Allis, which is a suburb of Milwaukee, was arrested and taken into custody. However there have been no charges filed against him as of yet. The Town of Geneva, Wisconsin police, who were the ones investing the case, stated that one of the females had been identified but they were still trying to find out the identity of the second female.
Police busted in the front door to Zelich’s apartment on Wednesday morning after no one came to answer it. Detectives later started to remove various items from inside, eyewitnesses told various media outlets. The bodies of Laura Simonson, age 37, who was from Farmington, Minnesota, along with the second victim were both discovered in two different suitcases on June 5 by a worker for the highway who was mowing grass along the side of the road in the Town of Geneva. It is located around 35 miles to the southwest of Milwaukee. The mother of Simonson had reported her daughter missing back on Nov. 22 of last year from her Farmington home.
Town of Geneva police and Chief Hurley wanted to say that they are asking for help from the public in order to try and identify the second victim. She was described as being most likely Caucasian, probably between the ages of 15 and 35 years, had medium to long straight, dark brown or even black hair, a distinct overbite and very crooked lower teeth, a heart tattoo, about the size of a quarter located on her lower left pelvis/abdomen area. She probably stood between 5 foot 2 and 5 foot 4 and weighed between 125 to 145 pounds. She also had two ear piercings in each of her lobes. The Town of Geneva police stated they do not have any leads on who she could be at the present time
Autopsies have been performed on both victims but it was reported that lab results might take up to two weeks or more before they return the causes of death, stated Chief Steven Hurley. Town of Geneva police on Wednesday also stated that the West Allis Police Department was helping them in the in the investigation and they wanted to assure the residents of West Allis that there was no reason for alarm and that they were not in any danger, Police Chief Hurley declared.
If anyone has any possible information about the incident or possibly knows who the second woman could be is asked to please get in contact with the Town of Geneva Police Department at 262-248-9926 as soon as possible. Anyone wanting to remain anonymous can do so by texting to “CRIMES” (274637) with a message starting with tip4wc. Any tips can also be reported to the Walworth County Crime Stoppers in Minnesota at 262-723-2677 (COPS). If anyone reading this knows anything, please get in touch ASAP!
Stephen Zelich has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two women who were each discovered stuffed inside suitcases at the first part of this month, stated Wisconsin police, although he has yet to be charged with anything.
By Kimberly Ruble