Body in suitcase found in Wisconsin identified as Minnesota woman

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One of two dead bodies found stuffed into suitcases along a Wisconsin roadside early this month is a Farmington, Minnesota, woman reported missing last November.

Authorities in Walworth County, Wisconsin, said Wednesday the body is that of 37-year-old Laura Simonson, WISN reports.

The station says deputies also arrested a West Allis, Wisconsin, man in connection with the case but he had not been charged with a crime as of Wednesday evening.

The Janesville Gazette reports police and the sheriff's office were canvassing a neighborhood in West Allis.

WTMJ-TV of Milwaukee reports the man taken into custody is a 52-year-old former West Allis police officer who retired from the force in 2001.

Meanwhile, forensic experts are still working to identify the other body and are distributing flyers asking the public for help. The victim is believed to be a white woman 15 to 35 years old approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall weighing about 130 pounds. (Click image below to enlarge)

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On June 5 passersby reported two suitcases on the side of North Como Road in the town of Geneva, Wisc.

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Authorities who responded discovered a body in each suitcase.

In a Dec. 5 story on Simonson's disappearance the Faribault Daily News reported authorities described her as a potentially vulnerable adult. The Daily News says she was last seen on Nov. 2 in the Rochester area. But Simonson had residences in both Farmington and St. Paul and family members did not report her missing until the 22nd.

She'd been listed since then in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's clearinghouse of missing persons.

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