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ELKHORN, Wis. - A $1 million bond was set Friday for a former
police officer charged with stuffing the remains of two women in suitcases he
left along a Wisconsin road.

Steven
Zelich, 52, of West Allis, appeared by video in Walworth County Court in
Elkhorn Friday afternoon. He's being held on two counts of hiding a corpse.

Prosecutors
argued for the $1 million dollar bond saying homicide charges against Zelich
are being considered in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

A
criminal complaint states Zelich met his victims online, bound and killed them
and carried their bodies around his vehicle for months.

Prosecutors
said he killed one woman in Kenosha County in late 2012 or early 2013 and the
other in Minnesota last November. It said he hid the first body in his home and
then later stored it with the second body in his vehicle.

Both
women were found bound, and their bodies had started to decompose. One had a
ball gag in her mouth.

One
of the bodies found in the suitcases has been identified as Laura Simonson, 37,
from Farmington, Minnesota. She has been reported as missing since Nov. 22,
2013.

Police
in Minnesota say Simonson was likely killed in a Rochester hotel room.

Rochester police said Thursday Simonson and the man arrested in the case
checked into the Microtel Inn and Suites on Nov. 2 and that the man checked out
the next day without Simonson. Three weeks later, Simonson's family filed a
missing persons report.

Rochester
Capt. John Sherwin said Zelich has confessed to being involved in Simonson's
death.

The
private security officer was arrested Wednesday when detectives wearing hazmat
suits removed bags of evidence and a refrigerator from his suburban Milwaukee
apartment.

West
Allis police said Zelich was a former West Allis patrol officer who resigned 13
years ago.

Police
Chief Charles Padgett said in a statement released Thursday that Zelich was
appointed to his position in 1989, worked for 12 years and then resigned in
2001.

The
statement does not elaborate on why Zelich resigned.

Securitas
Security Services USA said Zelich worked for the company since July 2007. They
said he received his private security license from the state of Wisconsin
before he was hired and passed criminal background checks every two years to
renew his license.

Police
said a highway worker came across the suitcases as he mowed the grass along the
side of North Como Road near the intersection with County Road H in the town of
Geneva, about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

The
second victim has not been identified, and police are asking for the public's
help. The second victim is described as a possible white female, between the
ages of 15 and 35, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 to 140
pounds with 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 her lower left abdomen or pelvic area.



































The
investigation is ongoing, and police ask anyone with information on the
identity of the second victim to call the town of Geneva Police Department at
262-248-9926.

$1M bond set for man accused of hiding bodies

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