Few hard clues on bodies in suitcases

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Dan Plutchak | June 13, 2014

TOWN OF GENEVA -- Nearly everyone in the town of Geneva has a theory on how two bodies ended up in two suitcases along a quiet rural road north of Lake Geneva.

Theories become rumors, but none of them have become solid tips, at least not publicly.

Wherever the investigation is heading, law enforcement is keeping its cards close to the vest.

Information remained sparse throughout the week as investigators waited for more results from autopsies conducted in Waukesha.

All that was known for sure was that the bodies both were women, according to a Town of Geneva Police Department news release.

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One was an adult. The second also appeared to be an adult, but more testing is needed.

The suitcases originally were discovered June 5 by a highway worker cutting grass along the east side of North Como Road, just north of County Highway H, according to a Town of Geneva Police Department press release.

The worker apparently moved the suitcases out of the long grass and placed them on the side of the road so he could continue cutting, according to the release.

About 3 p.m., Dan Sojka, who runs C&D Landscaping in Elkhorn was traveling down North Como Road when he saw a pink and black suitcase sitting on the side of the road.

"When I got up close to them, I said to my sister, 'Aw gosh there's something dead in them things. I said them things are loaded with flies, I ain't stopping," so I just kept on going," Sojka told WISN TV.

He called police and said, "Hey, you should go out on North Como Road and pick up or check on them suitcases, it looks like there's something dead in them."

"It's certainly something that's unsettling, making a discovery like that," Town of Geneva Police Chief Steven Hurley told the Chicago Tribune.

He told the newspaper that the suitcases were opened by Officer Eric Anderson, a 10-year veteran of the department. "I talked to him, and he said he had to step back a minute and take a deep breath and collect his thoughts, but he handled it very professionally and continued to do his job," Hurley said.

Investigators were on the scene until late in the evening, but the scene along Como Road had returned to normal by the next morning.

All that remained of the investigation were several spray-painted markings indicating where officers found the suitcases.

"The town of Geneva is a very safe town," Hurley told Fox 6, "and I'd like to emphasize that there's no concern for any of the residents here or the neighbors on North Como Road, I can assure them of that."

Anyone who may have additional information should contact the Town of Geneva Police Department at (262) 248-9926.

Individuals also can anonymously submit a tip at www.tipsubmit.com, text a tip to "CRIMES" (274637) and begin your message with tip4wc followed by your tip, or report the tip to Walworth County Crime Stoppers, (262) 723-2677 (COPS).

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