COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (CBS/AP) — The foster mother of an Oregon woman whose remains were found in a suitcase dropped along a rural road in Wisconsin says she hadn’t heard from her foster daughter for more than a year.
Lorraine Ericksen, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, told The Associated Press on Monday that she’s been in shock since police came to her house Friday to look at hair samples.
Wisconsin authorities say Jenny Gamez is the second of two women whose bodies were found June 5 in Town of Geneva, about an hour southwest of Milwaukee. Steven Zelich,a 52-year-old security officer, has been arrested in connection with their deaths and charged with two counts of hiding a corpse.
Ericksen says Gamez was an upbeat teenager who had a hard time after giving up her son to his father several years earlier.
The body of the first victim was identified as Laura Simonson, 37, from Farmington Minnesota. Police say her mother reported her missing on November 22, 2013.
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