Homicide Suspect in Court

KENOSHA, Wisc. — A former Wisconsin police officer admitted in court Tuesday he killed a 19-year-old, former Oakridge and Cottage Grove woman, but says it was an accident. Steven Zelich is charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of Jenny Gamez. Zelich says they met online and she flew to Wisconsin in 2012. … Continue reading »

Zelich in Court for Hiding Corpses

GENEVA, Wisc. — Fifty-two-year old Steven Zelich appeared in court on Thursday. He’s charged with two counts of hiding a corpse. The bodies of 21-year-old Jenny Gamez and 37-year-old Laura Simonson were found in a suitcase, along a highway in the town of Geneva on June 5. “Upon arriving to the crime scene I met … Continue reading »

Memorial Services Planned for Gamez

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — The family of an Oakridge woman found in a suitcase in Wisconsin is now planning her memorial. Jenny Gamez went missing in 2012. It was announced Monday that she is one of two women identified whose remains were found in suitcases near Geneva, Wisconsin in early June. The first body identified was … Continue reading »

Family of Murder Victim Speaks

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — No one is ever prepared to lose a family member. News of Jenny Gamez’ death is hitting her foster family hard. Law enforcement positively identified Jenny Gamez as one of the victims found in suitcases on June 5 near the town of Geneva, Wisconsin. The first body identified was 37-year-old Laura Simonson … Continue reading »

Jenny Gamez Identified as Murder Victim

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wisc. — Investigators have officially linked a missing Oakridge woman to a double murder case in Wisconsin. Her identity was revealed during a news conference in Walworth County, Wisconsin Monday. Through the use of dental records, investigators announced they officially identified the second body found in a suitcase earlier this month as 21-year-old … Continue reading »

Oregon Woman Found Dead in Suitcase

GENEVA, Wisc. — Walworth County Sheriff’s Office confirms Jenny Gamez from Oregon, as the second victim in a murder investigation involving a former police officer and bodies stuffed into suitcases, according to ABC affiliate station WISN. WISN says Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove, Oregon would’ve been 19 when she is believed to have been killed. … Continue reading »

Oakridge Mom Linked to Murder Suspect

Eugene, Ore. — A missing Oakridge mother could be a victim in a Wisconsin double murder case, involving a former police officer. Corporal Conrad Gagner, with the Cottage Grove Police Department, told KEZI 9 News that the department is working with police in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to obtain dental records of Jenny Gamez from a … Continue reading »