2nd suitcase body is woman missing from state of Oregon
Foster mom says she hasn't seen foster daughter in more than a year
EUGENE, Ore. — A body, found in a suitcase discarded along a rural highway in Wisconsin, is that of a missing state of Oregon woman.
Walworth County investigators said dental records confirmed the body is that of Jenny Gamez, 21, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, who disappeared in 2012. Based on a criminal complaint, she would likely have been 19 when she died.
Cottage Grove police Cpl. Conrad Gagner told a television station his department is working with Wisconsin authorities on the case.
“Jenny was not officially reported missing. That’s what took a little while. She had told her family she was moving and they thought perhaps she was on with her life,” Town of Geneva Police Chief Steven Hurley said.
Gamez’s foster mom said she hasn’t heard from her foster daughter for more than a year.
Lorraine Ericksen, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, told The Associated Press on Monday that she’s been in shock since police came to her house Friday to look at hair samples.
A former Wisconsin police officer was arrested last week and charged with hiding a corpse after two bodies were found in suitcases in Walworth County. A criminal complaint says 52-year-old Steven Zelich met the women online, killed them and hid their bodies for months.
The other body was identified earlier as Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minnesota.
A Walworth County prosecutor said he expects homicide charges to be filed where the women were killed.