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Laura Jean Simonson

Minnesota woman, second victim found dead in suitcases

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FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A 37-year-old Farmington woman who went missing in November has been found dead in Wisconsin, and a man was arrested Wednesday in the case.

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The bodies of Laura Jean Simonson and another woman were found June 5 in suitcases near Geneva, Wis.

On Wednesday afternoon, Steven M. Zelich, 52, of West Allis, Wis., was taken into custody.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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