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  • 27 June 2014, 8:46

Ex-Policeman Charged Over Bodies In Suitcases

A former police officer is being questioned after the remains of two women were found stuffed in suitcases and dumped on a road in the US state of Wisconsin.

Steven Zelich, 52, from the Milwaukee area, was preliminarily charged on Thursday with hiding a corpse.

Detectives removed large bags of evidence and a refrigerator from his apartment after his arrest on Wednesday.

Police said the suspect may have met at least one of the women on a bondage website.

The authorities have named one victim as Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minnesota.

She was identified within a day by her tattoos.

Police allege she and Zelich checked into a Minnesota hotel on November 2, and the suspect checked out alone the next day.

The second woman has not yet been named by investigators. 

Simonson's father, Richard Wierson, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his daughter had suffered from mental illness.

He said she had posted escort ads online and that her seven children were placed in foster care four years ago.

Zelich worked for the West Allis police department in Milwaukee County from February 1989 until he quit in 2001.

He has been employed as a guard with Security Services USA since 2007, according to officials. 

Zelich is due in court on Friday.