Official: Bodies stuffed in suitcases in town of Geneva were women

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Gazette staff
Monday, June 9, 2014

TOWN OF GENEVA—Autopsy results show the two bodies found in suitcases along a rural road Thursday were females, and the FBI has joined the investigation, according to a news release from the Town of Geneva Police Department.

According to the news release:

One female is an adult and the second “appears to be an adult, subject to further verification.”

“Information regarding the autopsies is pending additional test results,” Chief Steven Hurley said in the news release.

Autopsies were completed over the weekend at the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Officer. The bodies were found Thursday in suitcases along North Como Road in the town of Geneva.

Police said Friday they were reviewing a national list of missing persons.

Hurley declined to answer media questions Monday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Hurley said town of Geneva residents can “rest assured that this is an isolated incident, and the crime did not occur where the bodies were located.”

In an interview Friday, Hurley assured residents that they are safe, but he declined to say why.

"I'm not at liberty to release information at this time, but through our investigation, I can state that," Hurley said.

A town highway worker mowing in the area discovered the suitcases early Thursday afternoon. The worker moved the suitcases to the side of the road to be picked up Friday morning. A person called police later Thursday to report the suitcases beside the road.

Police responded at about 3 p.m. to North Como Road near County H, about a half mile from the police station. Cornfields line the road. The bodies were found about midway between Elkhorn and Lake Geneva.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigations, FBI and other law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation.

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