Police ID second victim found inside suitcase

CREATED Jun 30, 2014 - UPDATED: Jun 30, 2014

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UPDATE: Police have identified the second victim found inside the suitcase left on the side of the road in the Town of Geneva.

The woman has been identified as Jenny Gamez, aged 19 at the time of her death, from Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Gamez was identified through forensic dental records. 

The investigation into her death is now being turned over to the Kenosha Police Department.

Another victim, Laura Simonson, 37, of Minnesota, was identified on June 26.

Officials said the identification took a little longer because Gamez was not officially reported missing. They said she had told her family she was moving.

Police said they do not know why Steve Zelich dropped the suitcases in the Town of Geneva. Officials also said both bodies were intact when they were found.

The investigation is ongoing.


Police are expected to identify the second woman found stuffed in a suitcase in the Town of Geneva in a news conference at 1 p.m. today.

But family and friends in Oregon have already for the most part identified her. 
When investigators released a black and white sketch of the victim, in Cottage Grove, Oregon, those who knew Jenny Gamez believed it was their friend.
"I have no doubt it's her, the black and white picture, you can just see her," said Sahalie Allen, a friend of the victim.
Gamez disappeared from the Oregon area in 2012.
"We tired to keep in contact with her, the few of us who were really, really close with her lost contact and we haven't heard from her," Allen said.
Steve Zelich, a former police officer, is suspected of meeting two women online, killing them and storing their bodies in his West Allis home. Investigators said  Zelich has been cooperative. 
According to Zelich's attorney, it was Zelich who helped police positively identify the second victim. 
Investigators said Zelich told them he killed his second victim in Kenosha in late 2012 and stored her in his West Allis home for more than a year. Last week, detectives removed evidence from his home. 
"She was always this happy person, so positive. So nice having around, a ray of sunshine," Allen said.