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Laura Jean Simonson, left, was last seen by family in Farmington on Nov. 1, 2013. On June 5, her body was found in a suitcase along a road in the Town of Geneva, Wis. A second suitcase at the scene contained the remains of Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove, Ore., who went missing in 2012.

Missing Farmington woman found dead in Wisconsin


A 37-year-old Farmington woman who went missing in November has been found dead in Wisconsin.

The body of Laura Jean Simonson was found June 5 in a suitcase near Geneva, Wis. Wednesday afternoon, Steven M. Zelich, 52, of West Allis, Wis., was taken into custody in connection with Simonson’s death.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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